Cruising without vaccination: These cruise lines welcome unvaccinated guests

As of September 2022, numerous cruise lines are once again allowing unvaccinated passengers to set sail. Unvaccinated guests will however still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test. Here’s a list of the cruise lines that will set sail with unvaccinated guests.

Azamara

Azamara has announced the removal of its COVID-19 vaccination requirement starting December 1, 2022. This will apply to guests traveling on any Caribbean and European sailings unless required by local regulations. Regardless of vaccination status, Azamara will continue to encourage all guests departing from any port to get tested prior to travel. These results of these tests however will not be required to board the vessel.

Carnival Cruise Line

As of September 6, 2022, Carnival is welcoming unvaccinted guests on board for voyages less than 16 nights and that do not sail to Australia, Bermuda, Canada and Greece. Unvaccinated passengers will be required to present a negative antigen or PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation.

Celebrity Cruises

From September 5, 2022, on Celebrity Cruises is welcoming unvaccinated guests on most U.S. and European sailings, excluding voyages that visit Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Galapagos, Greece and New Zealand.

Costa Cruises

From October 8 onwards and for Mediterranean (excluding Greece) and Caribbean cruises lasting less than 14 nights, guests who have completed the COVID-19 vaccination can embark without pre-embarkation tests. People who have not been vaccinated or cured from Covid-19 need to show an official certification of the negative result of an antigenic swab or RT-PCR molecular swab performed within 48 hours of embarkation.

All cruises calling in Greece will continue to be available only to fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and
recovered guests only, and who have undergone antigen testing with a negative result within 48 hours of embarkation.

On cruises visiting Morocco, guests without full vaccination will be required to take an additional RT-PCR
molecular test on board 48 hours prior to entry into the country. As for Caribbean cruises, shore leave of unvaccinated guests in Barbados, St. Vincent and St. Marteen is permitted only with a negative result of an antigen test performed 24 or 48 hours prior to the ship’s arrival. Cruises in the UAE, Oman and Qatar are currently available only to fully vaccinated guests.

Holland America Line

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Unvaccinated guests are welcome on Holland America Line voyages under 16 days in length that do not visit Australia, Canada or Greece. Full Panama Canal transit, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages on HAL ships are excluded.

MSC Cruises

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For sailings beginning September, MSC Cruises no longer requires U.S. residents to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to sailing. Requirements for non-U.S. residents remain unchanged. Pre-cruise testing is recommended, but not required for travelers who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated guests are still required to show proof of vaccination at embarkation. Unvaccinated guests are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Non-U.S. Residents are required to be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. All policies are subject to local destination requirements.

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Guests departing September 3, 2022 or later from U.S. ports aboard Norwegian Cruise Line do not need to show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated passengers must however present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. For all cruises from and to non-U.S. ports, All guests must be fully vaccinated.

Oceania Cruises

Beginning September 3, 2022, for voyages embarking from the United States, unvaccinated guests sailing on Oceania Cruises need to present a negative, medically administered COVID-19 test. Antigen and PCR test results may not be more than 72 hours old at the time of boarding. For voyages embarking from Canada all guests must present a negative, medically administered COVID-19 test. Antigen test results may not be older than 48 hours at the time of boarding and PCR test results may not be more than 72 hours old at the time of boarding.

For voyages embarking from European Union ports and Turkey, with the exclusion of Greece, unvaccinated travelers will need to present a negative, medically administered COVID-19 test. Antigen and PCR test results may not be more than 72 hours old at the time of boarding. For voyages embarking from the United Kingdom or Ireland unvaccinated guests need to present a negative, medically administered COVID-19 test. The Antigen and PCR test results may not be more than 72 hours old at the time of boarding.

Princess Cruises

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From September 6, 2022 on unvaccinated passengers may sail to all Princess destinations except Australia, Canada and Greece. Unvaccinated passengers will need to present proof of a pre-arrival COVID-19 test.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Starting September 3, 2022, unvaccinated passengers are welcome an board Regent Seven Seas Cruises with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Royal Caribbean

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Royal Caribbean will welcome unvaccinated passengers on all sailings that do not visit Australia, Bermuda, Canada or Singapore from September 5, 2022. Unvaccinated passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Seabourn

As of September 6, 2022, guests on Seabourn sailings under 16 days no longer need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated guests are required to undergo test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Seadream

SeaDream encourages guests to be fully vaccinated but will no longer require proof of vaccination status prior to sailing, conduct COVID-19 antigen tests during the guest embarkation process, nor require guests to test while on board. SeaDream will continue to coordinate with ports and destinations to ensure consistency with local requirements. Because select governments in the Mediterranean and Caribbean have protocols that require proof of vaccination status and/or testing, SeaDream advises all guests to check with their local government resources, airlines, and destination countries for the most current requirements for travel and entry.

Silversea

Effective September 5, Silversea Cruises will welcome all travelers on board its ships regardless of vaccination status where local regulations allow. Silversea Cruises has also adjusted its COVID-19 testing requirements. Where local regulations allow, vaccinated travelers will not be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to embarkation. Unvaccinated travelers may sail aboard Silversea ships by providing proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test within 72 hours prior to embarkation. Testing and vaccination requirements may differ for select destinations based on local regulations, including but not limited to Australia, Canada and Greece. Where tests are required, all guests must provide proof of a negative test result (printed or digital) at embarkation and should travel with a copy of their test result.

Virgin Voyages

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Starting on September 18 on Valiant Lady and September 21 on Scarlet Lady, all guests, no matter their vaccination status, are welcome on board Virgin Voyages. Unvaccinated guests are required to bring a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72-hours, or take one at the terminal for a fee of $30 on their embarkation date.

Following the evolving public health situation cruise lines are constantly updating their protocols. For the most recent vaccination policies and testing protocols please visit your cruise line’s website.

Updated September 19, 2022.

Also read: Cruise lines drop COVID-19 testing

One thought on “Cruising without vaccination: These cruise lines welcome unvaccinated guests

  1. It is ridiculous to exempt the “vaccinated” from pre-cruise testing. How many “vaxed” people do you know who have not had Covid? Me :0

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