- As we return to sea, your health and safety remains our top priority. We’ve partnered with expert medical and scientific minds to guide us in the development of comprehensive protocols to protect you and the ones you love. And we’re working with local health authorities in our homeport countries to ensure our guests meet current inbound travel requirements. We’re continually evaluating these protocols and will make updates as public health standards evolve.
All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.
Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. If you are cruising with an unvaccinated child, there are some specific health protocols you will need to be aware of.
Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is per U.S. CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest’s resident country has authorized a single-shot regimen for a two dose vaccine.
Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine eligible age.
All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.
All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing
Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with U.S. CDC guidance.
- Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
- Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
- Unvaccinated kids’ pre-cruise test cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
- Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
If you’re travelling to the U.S. from another country, you’ll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Unvaccinated Kids Age 2-11: Additional Testing
In addition to the pre-cruise test, unvaccinated kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.
At the Terminal
For all cruises, unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.
Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are 5 nights or longer, unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary antigen test onboard before the cruise ends. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test.
Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.
Sailings longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.
Travel Documents Checklist
You’ll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.
A Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is strongly recommended. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate (not a “baby feet” hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests age 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver’s License or picture ID issued by the government.
COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This is a requirement for all guests age 12 and older. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.
Cruise Ready Recap
Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.
- Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests 12 and older.
- 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions — they are required for travel parties with unvaccinated kids, in all ports of call, except Perfect Day at CocoCay; Labadee; and Port Canaveral, Florida.
- 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
- 2 or 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
- 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal App.
What to Expect On Boarding Day
Arrive Only During Your Time
It is very important that all
guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot you selected during
Royal App check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin
boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work
them into another group.
We’ll guide you step by step on document validation.
For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests, we will also
guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short wait time for
results before boarding.
Make sure you wear your face mask at all times during the boarding
Onboard the Ship
Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests. We expect unvaccinated children to continue wearing masks indoors and in crowded settings. Masks are required for all children age 2 and older while at the Adventure Ocean youth program. Guests under 2 do not have to wear a mask at any time.
In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.
If you prefer a buffet, Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast and lunch, and the food will be served by our crew.
We recommend that you make dining reservations for the Main Dining Room, Windjammer and speciality restaurants via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.
Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitized frequently.
Adventure Ocean Youth Program Reservations
Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitized frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days the ship is in port — just stop by Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or throughout your cruise.
Going Ashore In The Ports Of Calls
Requirements for Going Ashore
Requirements for going ashore vary based on port of departure, ports of call and vaccination status. This is due to the varying ordinances at federal, state, and local levels, as well as the ongoing evaluation of public health in each region. These requirements are subject to change as we continue to evaluate circumstances around the globe, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.
Fully vaccinated parties can visit most ports freely, or book a shore excursion. A few ports require an excursion to go ashore, regardless of your vaccination status. For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Ports of Call FAQs
Families traveling with unvaccinated kids must purchase a local tour through Royal Caribbean if they wish to go ashore — this applies to all ports of call except Perfect Day at CocoCay; Labadee, Haiti; and Port Canaveral, Florida. Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely in ports that allow it, can visit our youth facilities onboard to learn about