Royal Caribbean Update – March 17 2022

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Below you can find our current health & safety protocols for sailings from Puerto Rico, Barbados, and U.S. homeports departing through May 31, 2022.

These protocols include government mandates, the changes based on our voluntary participation in the US CDC Cruise Program, plus the updated shore excursion requirements for unvaccinated children and their families on sailings departing on or after March 18, 2022.

Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you and your clients informed throughout. While currently not required to sail, the US CDC has recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for those eligible, prior to cruise travel. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we’ll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Pre-Cruise Requirements

Vaccination
All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing. Guests under the age of 12 years, who are considered fully vaccinated, should follow the guidance for vaccinated guests below. Children with one dose of a vaccine do not count as fully vaccinated for the purpose of our sailing

Testing for sailings from U.S. Homeports (excluding Puerto Rico)

  • Pre-Cruise: All guests 2 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result.

    • Vaccinated guests ages 12 years and over: PCR or antigen test must be taken no more than 2 days prior to sailing.
    • Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 years: PCR test must be taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing — but not on boarding day. Antigen tests are not accepted for unvaccinated guests.
    • No testing is required for guests under age 2.
    • Pre-cruise testing costs and scheduling are the guest’s responsibility.
  • Certificate of Recovery: Instead of a negative pre-cruise test, a Certificate of Recovery and a positive PCR test taken between 11-90 days prior to our sail date can be provided to sail with us. Please note: we will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in the place of a vaccination record. Additionally, some ports of call do not accept Certificates of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination.
  • Embarkation Day: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years will take a complimentary test for COVID-19 during check-in. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.
  • Onboard: For sailings that are 5 nights or longer, unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years will take a complimentary antigen test prior to debark. Sailings longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements. Registration details will be provided onboard.

Testing for sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Entry to Puerto Rico:

    • Vaccinated guests do not need to provide a negative test result to enter Puerto Rico (a negative result is still required to board the ship). Guests must upload their proof of vaccination status to their TravelSafe Declaration Form.
    • All guests unvaccinated guests 2 years and older will need a PCR or antigen test for entry.
    • Guests arriving from non-US countries (regardless of vaccination status) will need to provide a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to boarding a flight to Puerto Rico.
  • Pre-Cruise: All guests 2 years and older — regardless of vaccination status — must present a negative COVID-19 test result in order to sail. Your client’s entry test can meet this requirement as long as it falls into the appropriate timeframe.

    • Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11: will need to show proof of a negative test result from a PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to our sail date — but not on boarding day. Antigen tests are not accepted for unvaccinated guests.
    • Vaccinated guests 12 years and older: will need to show proof of a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days prior to our sail date. If for any reason guests can’t arrange this test prior to sailing, we have port testing available for scheduling.
    • No testing is required for guests under age 2.
  • Pre-cruise testing costs and scheduling are the guest’s responsibility.
  • Embarkation Day: In addition to the pre-cruise test requirement, unvaccinated guests 2 to 11 years old will be required to take a complimentary embarkation day antigen test. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.
  • Certificate of Recovery: Instead of a negative pre-cruise test, a Certificate of Recovery and a positive PCR test taken between 11-90 days prior to our sail date can be provided to sail with us. Please note: we will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in the place of a vaccination record. Additionally, some ports of call do not accept Certificates of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination.
  • Prior to disembarking: Unvaccinated guests 2 to 11 years old will take an antigen test prior to debarking in San Juan. Please note, test results will also be shared with Royal Caribbean International. This will let us help plan the next steps of the cruise and keep your clients informed. We may also share your results with third parties, such as public authorities and health care providers.

Vaccinations & Testing Requirements for sailings from Bridgetown, Barbados

  • Due to the requirements of destinations on our Barbados itineraries, we can only accept vaccines that are authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Guests under the age of 12 years, who are considered fully vaccinated, should follow the guidance for vaccinated guests below. Children with one dose of a vaccine do not count as fully vaccinated for the purpose of our sailing. The only mixed MRNA vaccines accepted are combinations of Pfizer and Moderna.
  • Entry to Barbados: Guests must follow Barbados’ COVID-19 Travel Guidelines. All guests 5 years and older — regardless of vaccination status — must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken no more than 3 days prior to arriving in Barbados or a negative rapid antigen or rapid PCR test result day prior to arriving in Barbados.
  • Pre-cruise: All unvaccinated guests 2 – 11 years old must present a negative PCR test result no more than 3 days prior to sailing.
  • Certificate of Recovery: Instead of a negative pre-cruise test, a Certificate of Recovery and a positive PCR test taken between 11-90 days prior to our sail date can be provided to sail with us. Please note: we will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in the place of a vaccination record. Additionally, some ports of call do not accept Certificates of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination.
  • Embarkation Day: All guests 2 years and older — regardless of vaccination status — are required to take a complimentary embarkation day antigen test and receive a negative test result. Registration details will be sent via email in advance for the antigen test at the terminal.
  • No testing is required for guests under age 2.
  • Prior to disembarking: Guests 2 years and older will be provided with a complimentary antigen test to re-enter Barbados.
  • For re-entry into a guest’s home country, proof of a negative COVID-19 test may be required. More details will be provided once onboard.

Healthy Shore Excursions
For departures on or after March 18, 2022: all guests, regardless of vaccination status, may visit most ports freely or book a shore excursion. A few ports still require an excursion to go ashore, regardless of vaccination status. All guests going ashore must still follow local health and safety guidance when visiting each port of call. Unvaccinated children should expect to wear their masks while ashore, avoid crowded areas, and maintain physical distance whenever possible. Local tours booked through Royal Caribbean follow our health guidance and are available at a variety of prices.

Mask Guidance
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.

Dining
Visit Cruise Planner to make reservations before the cruise or the Royal Caribbean app while onboard.

Previous venue restrictions based on vaccination status have been lifted. Your clients can feel free to enjoy our theater, spa and gym!