Cruise Health™

CruiseHealth™ FAQ:
Sailings from the Americas, U.K. & Europe

Updated November 23, 2022

Ready to Welcome You on Board

As travel requirements around the world have eased, so have our guidelines. We invite you to explore the world with Princess!

Our protocols for cruising have been lifted. This means that for most voyages there are no longer vaccination or testing requirements. Read on to learn what you can expect when you sail.

Before You Sail

Princess welcomes everyone on board to enjoy our one-of-a-kind vacation experience. Protocols to cruising have been lifted. This means that for most voyages there are no longer vaccination or testing requirements– it's easier than ever! 

This applies to itineraries from all departure points except where government regulations may vary like Australia and New Zealand and on a few enhanced guidelines voyages that have their own vaccination and testing requirements.

Look up requirements for your voyage with our CruiseHealth tool.

This information is also available to booked guests within Cruise Personalizer.

Note that guests who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to enter the United States by cruise or by air travel. These U.S. entry requirements are separate from our cruise protocols.

We accept vaccines that are approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Some countries and regions on your itinerary may only accept vaccines approved by their regulatory agencies.

Currently approved or authorized vaccines:

COVID-19 Vaccination Manufacturer

Also known as:

1

Pfizer: 2 doses

Comirnaty / BioNTech

2

Moderna: 2 doses

Spikevax

3

Johnson & Johnson: 1 dose

Janssen

4

AstraZeneca: 2 doses

Covishield / Vaxzevria

5

Sinopharm: 2 doses

Vero Cell

6

Sinovac: 2 doses

CoronaVac

7

Covaxin: 2 doses

8

Novavax: 2 doses

Covovax/Nuvaxovid

In a two-dose series, we accept mixed vaccine types only if at least two doses of an authorized vaccine were administered at least 28 days apart, with the last dose given at least 14 days before sailing.

For updated authorized vaccine information, refer to:

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Guest must be up to date which means that a guest is fully vaccinated and have received all the doses in an authorized or approved primary COVID-19 vaccine series at least 14 days prior to embarkation and received at least 1 booster dose, if eligible before embarkation. Guests are considered “up to date” from the date of receiving their booster dose.

Guests aged 18 years or older who are not up to date require a vaccination exemption to sail. Guests 12 and older not fully vaccinated on enhanced guidelines voyages departing, arriving or visiting Australia require a medical exemption and have different testing requirements. Guests can request a vaccination exemption to sail by contacting Princess.

Before embarkation, guests must state through the Princess MedallionClass® app that they will be vaccinated by the time they board and upload proof of vaccination when getting OceanReady. Original proof of vaccination means an upload of a COVID-19 certificate that clearly shows the guest’s name, which matches their photo ID, the dates vaccine doses were given, and the name of the facility administering the vaccination. Alternative proof may be required if there are questions and concerns about the submitted proof of vaccination.

Remember to bring this information with you to the terminal to ensure you’re able to sail with us. The information you provide is subject to our Privacy Notice and shared only as needed with Princess personnel, third parties or local health authorities as part of embarkation-related health protocols.

For voyages departing from the U.S., Chile and Vancouver, all guests 5 and older must provide a medically assisted Antigen or PCR within 3 days from departure.

For voyages departing, arriving or visiting Australia, all guests 2 and older must provide medically assisted Antigen within 48 hours or PCR within 72 hours.

Guests who test positive for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to boarding will not be allowed to sail and should not travel to the ship. For full details, see our Cancellation Policy. Guests who recently contracted COVID-19 with symptoms may be permitted to sail if it’s been at least 7 full days since their last positive test and their symptoms are improving.

These guests must also provide a negative laboratory confirmed COVID-19 viral test before boarding the ship.  Close contacts of confirmed cases can sail if they have no symptoms and agree to testing at embarkation and on board.

We encourage all booked guests to purchase travel insurance before departure. For eligible guests, Princess Vacation Protection provides a broad range of benefits, including reimbursement for COVID-19-related expenses, subject to the plan terms. Guests may also be able to purchase third-party travel insurance and should check with the provider for specific details on their coverage terms and policies. 

As part of terms and conditions, it is mandatory for all UK guests to have suitable travel insurance cover to cruise with us. Travel insurance enables our guests to relax and enjoy their holiday with peace of mind that they are covered for most eventualities. 

This includes unforeseen incidents before their holiday, while travelling or while they are away. Typically, travel insurance covers cancellation of your holiday, stolen belongings and medical treatment. Insurance documents will be checked at the terminal and boarding will be denied, at guests’ own expense, for anyone without appropriate cover.

For UK guests, we have partnered with Holiday Extras to offer cruise-specific cover for our holidays. When travelling with us, insurance must include medical and repatriation cover of £2 million minimum that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to COVID-19.

To find out more, visit www.holidayextras.com/princess^ or phone 0800 093 3070 and quote PRIHX.

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Guests using oxygen concentrators or undergoing peritoneal dialysis are welcome on all voyages. Oxygen cylinders and Hemodialysis are not allowed on enhanced guidelines voyages.

Onboard & Ashore

Masks are recommended, but not required, in the majority of onboard venues, though you may need to wear them in select venues or certain situations. Mask requirements are clearly designated through signage and onboard communications.

We’ll provide complimentary surgical masks on board with replacements available upon request.

Additionally, when going ashore, guests should be prepared to follow all local health guidelines, the status of which will be shared before debarkation at the destination. 

Anyone reporting or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be reviewed by the shipboard medical staff and tested.

Positive cases that do not require admission to the ship’s medical center, or medical disembarkation, will most likely be moved to a different stateroom for the duration of isolation.

If you, your family members, travelling companions or other close contacts are isolated or disembarked during the voyage, due to a positive test or being suspected of having COVID-19, you and they are entitled to a FCC for the unused portion of your cruise fare. For full details, see our Cancellation Policy.

Yes, all ships have COVID-19 viral testing capabilities, including SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR, RT LAMP and antigen tests. Protocols for testing for SARS-CoV-2 are based on expert recommendations, including CDC testing guidance. Onboard COVID-19-related medical center testing and assessment is free of charge. 

Guests are welcome to go ashore either by purchasing an excursion through Princess or touring independently. This is subject to change at any time. We highly recommend you book shore excursions through Princess, as our teams are in contact with local officials who oversee health and safety standards for these guides and tours.

The ability for guests to go ashore in ports of call is controlled by the governments of the ports we visit, based on their specific protocols and requirements. There are ports that do not allow unvaccinated guests ashore. We are currently aware of restrictions that do not allow unvaccinated guests to go ashore in the following destinations:

  • Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Guests should consult with the government websites for details on vaccine and testing requirements for the countries they will be visiting. Please be aware that as destination conditions change, you may be required to take a Princess shore excursion to go ashore or be prohibited from going ashore if unvaccinated.

Masks are recommended, but not required, while on shore excursions unless mandated by local authorities.

When going ashore always carry your Medallion® device and proof of identification.