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What vaccines are accepted?


Royal Caribbean accepts vaccines that are fully approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA or the World Health Organization. All doses of your vaccine should be from the same manufacturer and of the same type (e.g. mRNA), in the required number of doses to be considered fully administered (e.g. 2 shots of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, etc., or 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson). A guest is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their vaccine series is completed.

See authorized U.S. FDA vaccines

See authorized World Health Organization vaccines

Vaccine policies are subject to change as we monitor evolving public health guidance and government regulations.


Mixed Vaccines from Different Manufacturers

We understand some guests may have been vaccinated with doses from two different vaccine manufacturers. Whether these are accepted depends on where you are sailing from and the mix of manufacturers.  


For Cruises Departing from U.S. Ports 

The U.S. CDC has clarified their position regarding mixed vaccinations and provided updated guidance to Royal Caribbean. Currently, the CDC does not recognize any mixed combination of COVID-19 vaccines as fully vaccinated.

To be recognized as fully vaccinated, guests must complete a vaccine series with products from the same manufacturer with the last dose administered at least 14 days before their sail date.

To read the CDC’s current guidance on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccine products, please consult their published Interim Clinical Considerations.

We continue to encourage the CDC and other U.S. government officials to re-evaluate this policy.


For Cruises Departing from Ports Outside of the U.S. 

For cruises departing from ports outside of the U.S., we will accept guests who are vaccinated with a mixed regimen consisting of 2 shots of the following manufacturer combinations: Pfizer and Moderna, or AstraZeneca with either Pfizer or Moderna. The doses must be separated by at least 28 days and not more than 42 days for mixes of Pfizer and Moderna, and separated by at least 4 weeks and not more than 12 weeks for combinations of AstraZeneca with Pfizer or Moderna.

Mixed vaccines may not be accepted at all ports of call. Guests who are vaccinated with a mixed series may not be allowed to go ashore at these ports, or may need to undergo additional testing if they wish to go ashore.


Vaccine Accommodation Due to Recent Recovery from COVID-19

For U.S. departures, Royal Caribbean does not grant vaccine accommodation for reasons related to recent recovery from COVID-19. 

For other departures outside the U.S., guests may present a Certificate of Recovery at time of boarding that verifies that either the guest was diagnosed with COVID-19 within the 90 days prior to their sail date or that they are sailing before the end date noted on the Certificate of Recovery.  For sailings departing from Cyprus, the Certificate of Recovery must be issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for either 90 days or until the expiry date displayed. 

The Certificate of Recovery must include the following details: 

  • Name of sailing guest, 
  • Date of issuance of the Certificate of Recovery, 
  • Medical services provider name.  


EU Digital COVID Certificate 

For sailings operating within the E.U only, guests may present an EU Digital COVID Certificate showing they have received a single dose of a 2-dose series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine  after having previously been infected with COVID-19, where the Member State issuing the EU Digital COVID Certificate considers the vaccination course as completed.  In this scenario the certificate must clearly show 1 of 1 vaccine completed.  The vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before their sail date 

We are continually evaluating vaccination and recovery certificate policies in accordance with the latest public health guidance, and these policies are subject to change at any time. Booked guests will be advised of the latest protocols and requirements before their sail date. 

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