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Our comprehensive, science-backed protocols are designed to consider every part of the cruise experience from ship to shore. We are continually evolving protocols based on the latest public health information and travel requirements. Booked guests are advised of the latest requirements ahead of their departure date.


Healthy Ships, Happy Guests


The protocols we've implemented are backed by science and designed to give you the peace of mind you deserve — whether you’re on vacation, or still planning it. These are just a few that form the cornerstone of our approach.






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All Guests Vaccinated or Tested

Vaccines are proven to be our most effective tool for keeping ourselves and others protected from COVID-19. That’s why all guests age 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated to sail. Kids who are too young to be vaccinated are tested before boarding. We strongly recommend all fully vaccinated guests receive a booster dose once eligible to do so.

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All Crew Vaccinated & Tested Weekly

All crew members onboard our ships, and at our private destinations, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and tested at least once a week. Crew members receive a booster shot as they become eligible (six months after their last vaccination dose).

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Flexibility When You Need It

Know that we’ve got your back. Cancel up to 48 hours before your departure — for any reason at all — and get 100% of the value back in a Future Cruise Credit you can use towards any sailing you like*. And if you or someone in your travel party test positive for COVID-19 before your cruise, get a 100% cruise fare refund.*

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Onboard Medical Care

We'll Get You Home

If you or a member of your traveling party tests positive for COVID-19 during your cruise, we'll take care of things so you can focus on getting better. Costs related to onboard medical care and your travel home — even a private jet, if needed — are on us.^

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Medical Grade Cleaning Standards

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. Learn more about our cleaning protocols here.

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Fresh Filtered Air

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. Learn more about our air and cleaning protocols here.

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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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*Sailing must depart on or before May 31, 2022.“Cruise with Confidence” program applies to bookings made on or before January 31, 2022; additional terms and conditions apply. COVID-19 Assistance conditioned upon compliance with the RCG COVID-19 Policies and Procedures in effect at the time of the cruise. To qualify for a refund, you must present your verified positive test result in a form acceptable to Royal Caribbean. Additional terms and conditions apply. See our COVID-19 Refund and Cancellations Policy and your Cruise Ticket Contract for details.

^Last modified September 22, 2021. Subject to change. Royal Caribbean will cover the costs of accommodations for isolation and air transfer costs for guests who have fully complied with all Royal Caribbean International and Royal Caribbean Group COVID-19 Policies and Procedures in effect at the time of voyage. Non-U.S. homeports may have local isolation requirements and restrictions on mode of transportation. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Private air transfers are subject to availability, may be delayed or rescheduled based on carrier capacity. See our COVID-19 Refund and Cancellations Policy and your Cruise Ticket Contract for details. "Traveling Party" means (1) your family members living with you in the same household and (2) traveling companions assigned to your stateroom on the ship. Our CareTeam will assist with accommodations for isolation, daily wellbeing check-ins, and support to reschedule return travel home.


Learn more about our new protocols

In partnership with our Healthy Sail Panel, we’ve developed comprehensive protocols for every part of the ship — as well as measures to keep you safe even while you're exploring onshore. So all you have to focus on is having your best vacation.


Getting Ready To Cruise

If you’re planning a cruise, here's everything you need to know — from vaccination and testing requirements to checking in.

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Taking Care of You

We’re fully prepared with immediate medical evaluations, rapid testing and more critical care beds on each ship in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19.

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Still have questions about our health & safety standards?
From pre-boarding testing to getting you back home safely, we've got answers.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions
or call us at 800-256-6649



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