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Vaccine Requirements For UK Staycation Cruises

Vaccine Requirements For UK Staycation Cruises

Updated 28 June 2021

Please note that cruise line policies may change throughout the summer season, and we shall endeavour to keep this page as up to date as possible, but the information below should be used as a guide only. A few of the cruise lines below have yet to finalise their protocols, and have not yet confirmed whether evidence of a negative test within 72hrs will be required to board. Please always check the latest advice by checking your pre-cruise planner/cruise documentation or speaking with your booking agent.

Cruise Line Requirements for boarding PCR Test cost
Celebrity Cruises ► • All guests aged 18 years or older need to be fully vaccinated.
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• Guests under 18 years of age will need to take an antigen test, at the terminal prior to embarkation.
• All guests will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 to 24 hours before the time of sailing.
Celebrity Cruises will cover the costs of the PCR and antigen tests.
You will need to register to receive the test.
Cunard ► • All guests must be fully vaccinated
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• There is no age restriction on guests, but all guests must meet the requirements above.
Disney Cruise Line ► • All guests aged 18 years or older need to be fully vaccinated.
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• Guests under 18 years of age will need to take a PCR test between 5 days and 24 hours prior to sailing date.
• All guests will need to undergo a rapid test, administered at the terminal, prior to boarding.
Costs of PCR test will need to be paid for by the guest.
Fred Olsen ► • Guests must be fully vaccinated to travel.
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• A lateral flow test will be taken prior to boarding the ship.
Hurtigruten ► • Prior to embarkation, all guests need to provide proof of a negative test, no older than 72 hours.
• Upon embarkation and outside restaurants, all guests will go through a contactless temperature scan.
MSC Cruises ► For sailings 3rd July onwards:
• All guests aged 18 years or older need to be fully vaccinated (both doses of the vaccine a minimum of 14 days before your sailing date)
• Proof of vaccination will need to be presented upon embarkation.
• All exempt unvaccinated guests and children 2 years and older, will need to take a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR (molecular) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. Proof of a negative test result will be requested at the terminal, and MSC Cruises will accept evidence such as an email, SMS or a printed document. The test is not required for fully vaccinated (any proof of vaccination needed) or under 2 years old guests.
Marella Cruises ► • All guests aged 18 years or older need to be fully vaccinated (both doses of the vaccine a minimum of seven days before your sailing date)
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• Guests under 18 years do not require a vaccine but will also need to have a lateral flow test pre-departure.
• All guests are required to have a lateral flow test at departure terminal before embarking.
P&O Cruises ► • All guests must be fully vaccinated
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• There is no age restriction on guests, but all guests must meet the requirements above.
Princess Cruises ► • All guests must be fully vaccinated
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• There is no age restriction on guests, but all guests must meet the requirements above.
Royal Caribbean ► • All guests aged 18 years or older need to be fully vaccinated.
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• Guests under 18 years of age will need to take an antigen test, at the terminal prior to embarkation.
• All guests will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 to 24 hours before the time of sailing.
Royal Caribbean will cover the costs of the PCR and antigen tests. You will need to register to receive the test.
Saga ► • All guests need to be fully vaccinated.
• Testing will take place at the port prior to embarking the ship.
Saga will cover the costs of the PCR and antigen tests.
Tradewind Voyages ► • Guests do not need to be vaccinated.
• Any vaccinated guest will need to provide evidence of vaccination(s) at the port.
• In the event a negative test is required, a lateral flow test will be conducted upon embarkation for all guests.
• Contactless temperature checks on arrival to the port.
Viking ► • All guests must be fully vaccinated
• No requirement to take a test before travelling, however Viking recommend guests are testing in the days prior to the departure.
Virgin Voyages ► • All guests aged 18 years or older need to be fully vaccinated.
• Proof of vaccination and the dates given are required at the terminal and for boarding.
• Virgin Voyages is an adult only cruise line, and all guests must meet the requirements above.

Please ensure that you have adequate insurance in placeCovid cancellation cover is required, and embarkation may be denied without proof.
If you are denied boarding at the port due to a Positive test result you may need to claim on your insurance for the cost of the cruise. Refunds, future cruise credits or the option to move your cruise may not be offered by the cruise line.

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