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Royal Caribbean: U.S. Homeport Protocols for Cruises Departing October 1-15, 2021

Pre-Cruise Requirements

Vaccination 
All guests 12 years and older must bring proof of vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card, with the final dose of the vaccine completed at least 14 days before sailing.

Testing

  • All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing: Guests will need to meet the new requirements recently issued by the U.S. CDC.
    • Vaccinated guests 12 years and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 Test Result (antigen or PCR) for a test taken no more than 2 days prior to the sailing’s departure date and before their arrival to the terminal. Recommend that your clients visit RoyalCaribbean.com/HomeTestKit to order their pre-cruise test with our at-home antigen test kits, shipped right to their door (anywhere in the U.S.) in 3 business days or less. Get results in 15 minutes with live video supervision by a Certified Guide. Please note, this at-home antigen test does not satisfy the pre-cruise testing requirement for children.
    • Unvaccinated guests 2 to 11 years old are required to present a negative PCR Test Result for COVID-19 (antigen test are not accepted for children) for a test taken no more than 3 days prior to your sailing’s departure date and before your arrival to the terminal.
    • Proper documentation (printed negative test results or negative test results presented on your phone) from an accredited laboratory (no doctor’s notes) is required to sail. All costs for this test are the guest’s responsibility and must be done on their own, not at the terminal.
  • Kids Age 2-11 Years: Additional Testing
    In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests. 

    • At the Terminal:  Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in at the terminal. Registration details for this test will be sent via email in advance. This test is complimentary.
    • Prior to Disembarking: For sailings 5 nights or longer, unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years are required to take an antigen test onboard within 24 hours before the cruise ends. Registration details will be provided during the cruise. This test is complimentary.
  • Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

 

Healthy Shore Excursions
We’ve worked with local tour operators to ensure they follow our Healthy Sail Panel health guidance for all Shore Excursions. These tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner.

Mask Guidance 
Below is our current mask guidance for all guests, except those under the age of 2 years, who do not need to wear a mask at any time.

Masks are NOT required to be worn:

  • In open-air areas of the ship, unless you are in a crowded setting
  • In the pool or any activity where they may become wet
  • At venues designated for vaccinated guests only, such as select bars, lounges, restaurants and shows
  • In your client’s stateroom when they are with their traveling party

Masks ARE required to be worn:

  • While indoors in public areas of the ship, unless seated and actively eating or drinking
  • While visiting public ports of call, where local regulations may require them

Dining
For Main Dining, we will designate areas for everyone, including parents and unvaccinated children, and areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests. Some specialty restaurants will be open to everyone, while others will be for vaccinated parties only. 

Other Venues 

If your clients have sailed with us before, they’ll notice there are fewer guests onboard, letting them ease back into vacation mode. The ship’s venues are set up to easily allow for physical distancing and there will be signage to guide them.

Theaters and activity venues will offer spaced seating with options for everyone and for vaccinated guests only. Be sure to make show reservations once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

What To Bring

Travel Documentation Checklist

  • 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 years and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver’s License or government issued picture ID.
  • A COVID-19 vaccination record card for all guests 12 years of age and older. 
  • A negative test result for COVID-19 before arrival to the terminal.
    • For ages 12 and over, negative PCR or antigen tests taken no more than 2 days prior to sailing.
    • For ages 2 to 11, only negative PCR tests taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing. Antigen tests are NOT accepted for children.
    • For guests under 2, no testing is required.
    • Proper documentation (printed negative test results or negative test results presented on your phone) from an accredited laboratory (no doctor’s notes) is required to sail.
    • All costs for this test are the guest’s responsibility and must be done on their own, not at the terminal.
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