COVID Testing, Masks & Vaccine Requirements (2022)

As the cruise industry resumes operations around the world, most lines have introduced mandates that require passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Mandates can possibly include children.

Not all cruise lines have the same policies and the requirements may also vary from port to port and ship to ship based on the itinerary and countries or states.

Almost all cruise lines are requiring all guests aged 18 and older to be fully vaccinated, without exception, before boarding. And, since many cruise lines also require the booster, it is important to know which vaccines are required before travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that passengers and crew be vaccinated before boarding a ship. The CDC also relaxed safety protocols for vaccinated passengers, potentially allowing less stringent mask requirements.

Below, I’ve listed each cruise line welcoming vaccinated cruisers as well as links to that cruise line’s requirements.

Cruise Line COVID-19 Requirements - Last Update 03/18/2022

Cruise LineWhere they sail
American Queen VoyagesAmerican Queen Voyages is known for its Mississippi River cruises as well as sailings down other U.S. rivers like the Columbia and Snake rivers, using classic paddle wheeler ships.
Avalon WaterwaysThese small-ship river cruises sail throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and down the Nile River in Egypt.
AzamaraAzamara sails mid-size ships all over the world, to all seven continents.
Carnival Cruise LineCarnival sails large ships around the world, including popular trips to the Caribbean.
Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Cruises sails all over the world.
CunardCunard, which sails all over the world, is known for its transatlantic journeys aboard the Queen Mary 2.
Disney Cruise LineDisney sails family-friendly journeys including to the Caribbean, Europe, and Alaska.
Grand Circle Cruise LineGrand Circle Cruise Line sails small ships and river cruises all over the world, including an extensive list of European itineraries.
Holland AmericaHolland America sails large ships all over the world, including to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Europe, and more.
Lindblad ExpeditionsLindblad Expeditions is known for its adventurous trips to hard-to-reach destinations like Antarctica and the Russian Far East, partnering with National Geographic to add to the experience.
MSC CruisesMSC Cruises sails large ocean cruises around the world, including throughout Europe, South America, the Persian Gulf, and the Caribbean.
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian sails big ocean cruises all around the world, including popular itineraries all throughout the Caribbean and Greece.
Oceania CruisesOceania Cruises sails all over the world, including offering several World Cruise itineraries.
P&O CruisesThe UK-based cruise line sails around Europe, including to the Canary Islands, as well as to the Caribbean from Southampton in the UK.
Princess CruisesThe global cruise line sails large ocean ships all around the world, from Australia to Alaska.
Regent Seven Seas CruisesRegent Seven Seas offers all-inclusive luxury cruises around the globe, which include perks like free airfare, free excursions, and complimentary unlimited drinks on board.
Royal Caribbean InternationalRoyal Caribbean sails large ocean ships all over the world, including many popular itineraries throughout the Caribbean and Asia.
SagaThe British cruise line, exclusively for guests 50 and older, sails both ocean and river cruises around the globe.
SeabournSeabourn's mid-size luxury cruises head all around the world, from Alaska to the Caribbean.
SilverseaSilversea brings guests all around the world in luxury and style, including to the Galapagos and Antarctica.
UnCruise AdventuresThis small-ship company is known for its Alaska journeys as well as adventures in places like the Galapagos and island hopping in Hawaii.
Victory Cruise LinesVictory Cruise Lines is known for its Great Lakes cruises, providing all-inclusive sailings to see breathtaking sights from Niagara Falls to the iconic architecture of Chicago from Lake Michigan.
Viking CruisesViking sails ocean and river cruises all over the world, including throughout Europe.
Virgin VoyagesThe brand-new cruise line is launching mini sailings from England for UK residents, and has cruises throughout the Caribbean, and transatlantic options.
Windstar CruisesWindstar operates small-ship cruises and several sailing vessels all around the globe, including to places like Central America.

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