Cruise Health™

It's Time for a REAL Vacation (and One of the Safest!)

Updated January 11, 2022

You’re so ready for a real vacation, but you want to be as safe as possible. We get it. So we want you to know that cruising with Princess isn’t just a great value. It’s one of the safest vacations you can have – with vaccination rates approaching 100% and health protocols that put your safety first, like mask-wearing.

Plus, our MedallionClass® experience puts you in control with TrulyTouchless™ experiences and personalized service. That means you can relax and enjoy all the perks that make a vacation worthwhile, whether that’s 24-hour room service, Broadway-style shows or not having to cook and clean so you can connect with what matters most.

Current Health Protocols for Cruises

  • Vaccinations
    • Guests must have received their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise and provide acceptable proof at terminal check-in.
    • Boosters are highly recommended for those eligible at least 7 days before.
  • Testing
  • Masks
    • Guests will be required to wear a face mask indoors at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Travel requirements are subject to change and vary by destination. Check our FAQs, Princess communications and official government sites often for specifics for your voyage.

Watch our CruiseHealth videoView frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Pre-Cruise & Arrival

We have new requirements to protect you and our crew while on board. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Guest and Travel Protocols

Before finalizing travel plans, carefully review our protocols and recommendations from government health authorities. If you're travelling internationally, make sure you understand all entry and airline requirements to go from your home country to the destinations you plan to visit, including where health authorities may require pre-travel COVID-19 testing.

Things change so details continue to be updated regularly. We recommend checking out official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries.

Learn more about the MedallionClass experience

The MedallionClass® Experience

Now available on all ships, Princess MedallionClass lets you decide who you interact with and how. Enjoy TrulyTouchless™ experiences and personalized service that makes everything easier, including physical distancing.

  • crowd-free, simplified safety training
  • JourneyView® activities timeline
  • OceanNow® service on demand
  • MedallionPay™ contactless payment
  • More digital entertainment and gaming

Learn more about the MedallionClass experience

Online Check-In

The MedallionClass app makes completing important OceanReady® steps and cruise check-in a breeze. These include:

  • selecting a preferred port arrival time to help stagger boarding
  • completing the health questionnaire
  • confirming the passage contract, COVID-19 acceptance and vaccination attestation

It’s important that you arrive at your assigned time because we can't accommodate early arrivals and you'll be asked to return at that time anyway.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

These cruises are operated as vaccinated cruises as defined by the CDC, with guests and crew vaccination rates approaching 100% and are available for guests who:

  • have received your final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise
  • confirm your status as fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • provide proof of vaccination before boarding1

Please come prepared. If you arrive at the embarkation terminal without the proper proof of vaccination you won't be able to cruise, and no refund will be issued. We don't want that!

Proof of Vaccination

For details on acceptable proof of vaccination, please visit our FAQs for your cruise.

1Vaccination exemptions must be pre-approved and are subject to capacity controls. Exemptions are not granted on embarkation day. Unvaccinated guests must follow specific protocols and testing requirements as communicated to them in advance, as a condition for travel.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Sailings from the United States2: We will also require ALL fully vaccinated guests to produce a negative, medically-observed COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within two days of their embarkation on all Princess sailings. You'll be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in the terminal to board.

2Even if you've received a vaccination exemption, you're still required to take a negative PCR test within two days of embarkation and will be tested again in the terminal before boarding the ship and again within 24 hours of disembarkation (for itineraries five days or longer). Unvaccinated guests will be charged $150 per person for testing and administration.

Enhanced Health Screenings

You'll need to complete an online health questionnaire in the MedallionClass app within 24 hours of your sailing and undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings, which will include confirmation of your responses, validation of vaccination documents and any required COVID-19 testing. We will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or who are identified at-risk, for additional medical screening before allowing them to board. Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) will be performed when necessary. Contact tracing is planned for every cruise.

On Board

Wearing Masks

We want to do everything we can to promote safe cruising.  To protect everyone on board, all guests must wear face masks covering their nose and mouth while indoors at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions are made while guests are eating or drinking, receiving spa treatments relating to the face, during high-intensity exercise, in pools, whirlpools or sauna, as well as in their stateroom.

We always recommend you wash or replace your mask daily and choose a good quality mask. Health experts recommend the use of higher-grade masks while indoors such as surgical or KN95. Please note that we will not accept visor face shields as substitutes for a face mask.

View FAQs for the latest guidance

Onboard Health Practices

We encourage everyone to use the hand-washing sinks and hand sanitizer dispensers at venue entrances and in high-traffic areas throughout the ship. We also ask you to follow health information about the ways to stay healthy on board and when ashore through daily programming, entertainment systems, announcements, in-stateroom literature and our app. There will be no self-service for meals. We’ll do the serving for you. And we'll clean public areas and staterooms thoroughly and more frequently using a safe disinfectant proven to quickly kill coronaviruses.

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Ships feature enhanced air filtration with upgraded HVAC systems. These systems are designed to replace air within public spaces and staterooms every five to six minutes. HEPA filters are used in key areas, such as medical centers and dedicated isolation rooms, as a further safeguard.

Youth Programs

We'll continue to operate our Camp Discovery youth and teen programs at reduced occupancy and promote physical distancing and mask wearing. Following the CDC’s recommendation, we look forward to welcoming vaccinated children.

Safe Experiences Ashore

While some ports allow independent tours and exploration, we highly recommend you choose a Princess shore excursion as these follow the same health and safety protocols that we have on board. You will be required to follow the health protocols for every port we visit. This includes local government guidance for mask wearing, physical distancing, testing/health screenings, etc. Protocols may be subject to change without notice. We'll share the status of local guidelines with you prior to disembarkation at each destination.

Medical Care

Our highly-trained medical staff includes doctors and nurses capable of caring for a broad range of medical conditions, including COVID-19. Medical centers are equipped with COVID testing and treatment capabilities. We require all team members to wear Princess-approved face masks.

For best practices, see our Healthy Cruising Tips Infographic (PDF)