Family lounging in the living room in the Ultimate Family Suite

As we return to sailing in the Caribbean, we're focused on the health and wellness of our guests and crew. 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.



Upgraded Medical Facilities & Expert Care

There’s nothing more important than your health and safety. Our high-quality medical care includes doctors and nurses onboard each sailing and state-of-the-art equipment onboard. And in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19, we’re fully prepared with immediate medical evaluations, rapid COVID-19 testing and dedicated zones for COVID-19 care, more critical care beds on each ship, and robust treatment plans.

Medical Center Diagram
This image is for illustrative purposes only, and the exact shipboard experiences and amenities may vary.

 Two Distinct Care Zones

Two Distinct Care Zones
The Medical Center has two separate zones, including a dedicated Controlled Care Center for the management of infectious diseases. Each zone is equipped with its own entrance, critical care beds, restrooms, and lab collection.


Controlled Care Center

Highly Specialized Medical Staff
Each ship’s Medical Center is staffed by, at minimum:

2 Doctors
Specialized physicians with training in acute and intensive medical care, plus experience in Maritime Medicine.

4 Registered Nurses
One of these is the new Infection Control Officer, who ensures all public health and disease control standards are met.

Additional support
If needed, your ship has access to supplementary medical personnel through accredited medical partners and our own internal pool of doctors.

Upgraded Medical Equipment

Upgraded Medical Equipment

• Hospital grade ventilators

• Cardiac monitor

• Central oxygen system

• Nebulizers

• Defibrillators and external pacemakers

• EKGs

Therapeutic Treatments

• Antibiotics including IV medications

• Antiretroviral

• Oxygen therapy

Comprehensive Laboratory

• Large range of tests

• Results provided onboard

• Includes PCR rapid testing for COVID-19

COVID-19 Assistance

Vaccinated guests and children not yet eligible to be vaccinated who are sailing on or before April 30, 2022 will have the following COVID-19 Assistance at no extra charge.

• 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 October 29, 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. To qualify for a refund, you must present your verified positive test result in a form acceptable to Royal Caribbean International, if your COVID-19 test was administered by a provider other than one retained by Royal Caribbean. Additional terms and conditions apply. See our COVID-19 Refund and Cancellations Policy and your Cruise Ticket Contract for details.


Cruise with Confidence Program

Cancel your reservation up to 48 hours before you sail for any reason and receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit. Valid for reservations made on or before January 31, 2022. Learn more.


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.

Learn more

Healthy Sail Center

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.

Learn more


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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