Royal Caribbean’s Protocols for a healthy return to sea

Last Update: 9/15/2021

Vaccination, Testing, and Travel Document Requirements

Royal Caribbean has NOT announced travel requirements and health protocols for cruises sailing in March 2022 at this time. We expect these to be announced in January.

Please note that Royal Caribbean’s travel requirements and health protocols are constantly evolving according to CDC recommendations and vary by port of departure. At this time, it is too early for us to know exactly what requirements will apply to our March 2022 cruises.

We strongly recommend all guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All crew onboard the ship and at Perfect Day at CocoCay, are fully vaccinated. We will communicate exact vaccination, testing, and travel document requirements that will apply to our cruises once Royal Caribbean releases this information for March 2022 cruises – most likely around January.

For reference, please see Royal Caribbean current requirements for cruises sailing through October 2021:

“All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. In addition, guests must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve. 

For guests departing from Florida homeports, this is a requirement of The Bahamas and St. Thomas governments for a cruise ship to enter their waters, and is currently planned to remain in effect until November 1, 2021, at which point the policy may be updated. We remain in contact with local governments in the ports we visit and will update the policy if advised.

For more details on the requirements that currently apply to cruises departing from Miami please see:

Royal Caribbean’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Cruises have instituted health protocols and policies that are unmatched in the rest of the travel industry.

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As we return to sea, your health and safety remains our top priority. We’ve partnered with expert medical and scientific minds to guide us in the development of comprehensive protocols to protect you and the ones you love. And we’re working with local health authorities in our homeport countries to ensure our guests meet current inbound travel requirements. We’re continually evaluating these protocols and will make updates as public health standards evolve.

100% Fresh, Filtered Air

There’s nothing like the fresh air of the open ocean, wherever you are on board. On Royal Caribbean® ships, our HVAC system continuously supplies 100% fresh, filtered air from outdoors to all indoor spaces. You can breathe easy knowing that, thanks to this robust system, the transmission of aerosol particles between spaces (like those from a cough) is extremely low to virtually impossible — as validated in an independent assessment conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National Strategic Research Institute on board a Royal Caribbean ship. 

The Science Behind 100% Fresh Filtered Air
Our HVAC system continuously intakes 100% fresh ocean air, filtering it for supply to all indoor rooms and areas. Here’s how it works.

Cruise Ship 100% Fresh Air


Medical Grade Cleaning Standards

Royal Caribbean takes great pride in keeping our ships sparkling clean. Our evolved sanitization protocols use EPA-certified disinfectants and techniques like electrostatic fogging to clean frequently and consistently. Plus we’ve reduced the need to touch surfaces wherever possible.

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Upgraded Medical Facilities & Expert Care

There’s nothing more important than your health and safety. That’s why we’ve made our high-quality onboard medical care stronger than ever, with more doctors and nurses on each ship and state-of-the-art equipment enhancements. And in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19, we’re fully prepared with sound care plans, including rapid testing onboard.

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A Plan for Your Safe Return Home

In the unlikely event a guest or crew member tests positive while sailing, we’ve designed a measured response plan, considering the majority of guests and crew are vaccinated for their own protection. In most cases, the cruise will continue with some heightened protocols in place, and we’ll be sure to provide you with transparent updates the whole way.

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You’re taken care of

Book a Royal Caribbean International cruise that’s sailing on or before October 31, 2021 and you’ll have the following reassurance at no extra charge.

COVID-19 Assistance*

• 100% cruise fare refund for you, and your Travelling Party, if any of you tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the cruise or at the boarding terminal.

• Pro-rated cruise fare refund if your cruise is cut short for reasons related to COVID-19.

•If you test positive for COVID-19 during the cruise, Royal Caribbean will cover the costs of COVID-19 related medical treatment onboard, any required land-based quarantine, and travel home for you and your Traveling Party.

*Last modified April 30, 2021. Subject to change. “Traveling Party” means your family members living with you in the same household and traveling companions assigned to your stateroom on the cruise. Conditioned upon compliance with the RCG COVID-19 Policies and Procedures in effect at the time of the cruise. Additional terms and conditions apply. See our COVID-19 Refund and Cancellations Policy and your Cruise Ticket Contract for details.