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Let’s figure out which test option works best for you. Which best describes your travel party?

My entire travel party is fully vaccinated. guests age 12 and up must be vaccinated ., i am traveling with unvaccinated kids under 12 years of age., pre-cruise test options for fully vaccinated guests, go with your own test provider.

Visit a provider near you like a pharmacy chain, doctor’s office, laboratory or local test site.

Learn which types of tests are accepted

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Video-supervised home test kits provide results in 15 minutes. Order a week before you need the test in hand. Cost is $69.99 for a two-pack. For vaccinated guests only.

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A last-resort option with LIMITED availability. Make an appointment to take your pre-cruise test with a mobile provider outside the terminal before you check in. Cost starts from $99 per person. For vaccinated guests only .

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All unvaccinated Royal Caribbean guests age 2 to 11 must present a negative PCR test result for a test taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests .

Visit an accredited provider near you like a pharmacy chain, doctor’s office, laboratory or local test site.

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Royal Caribbean Covid rules and restrictions - what you can and can't do

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Published on: 10 February 2022

Updated on: 10 February 2022

Royal Caribbean has an array health and safety protocols in place to keep cruise passengers Covid-free. Keep up to date with exactly what to expect onboard to keep you safe.

Royal Caribbean has a variety of rules in place in order to keep you safe throughout your cruise.

It is integral to stay updated with what covid precautions are in action onboard to ensure you are prepared for your holiday.

Onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, guests need to think about covid tests, vaccinations, face masks, social distancing requirements and more.

Find in this article all you need to know before you set sail with Royal Caribbean

Do you need a Covid vaccination to sail with Royal Caribbean?

Yes, you need a Covid-19 vaccination onboard Royal Caribbean, with specific vaccine requirements varying by port of departure and by age group.

For cruises departing from U.S homeports and Barbados, all guests age 12 and over must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose having to be administered at least 14 days before sailing.

If your child is turning 12 before or after day two of your cruise, the line offers you to move your cruise date to give you more time or to cancel your reservation for a full refund.

If your child turns 12 before day two of your cruise, your child will just have to complete all COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated children.

Royal Caribbean encourages "fully vaccinated guests receive a booster dose when they become eligible to do so, though it is currently not required. It is highly likely many destinations will soon begin to require booster doses for all eligible guests to be considered fully vaccinated. We will notify booked guests as this guidance evolves."

For cruises departing from other international ports outside the U.S, customers should consult the Royal Caribbean website or talk to their travel advisor.

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Royal Caribbean's website continues to state it has not determined the health and safety protocols for 2022 sailings departing from Europe.

Guests will be advised their specific requirements through email before setting sail.

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All guests sailing from US homeports are required to take a pre-cruise test at their own expense.

Vaccinated guests aged 12 or older must show a negative covid-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than two days before boarding day.

Unvaccinated children aged two to 11 must show a negative test result taken no more than three days before boarding day as well as an additional one or two tests, depending on the cruise length, which is provided by Royal Caribbean for free. Guests under two years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

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Sailings for more than 10 nights from U.S homeports may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Cruises that are entering or departing Bridgetown, Barbados are required to take a PCR test no more than three days before the day you board the ship.

Do you need to wear a face mask onboard Royal Caribbean?

From February 14, masks will no longer need to be worn in vaccinated-only venues such as select bars, lounges, restaurants, shows and Casino Royale.

Masks are also not required to be worn in open-air areas of the ship, unless you are in a crowded setting, in the pool or any activity where they may become wet, in your stateroom when you are with your travelling party or while visiting Royal Caribbean's private destinations unless you are in a crowded setting.

Masks are required to be worn while indoors onboard the ship (with the exception of vaccinated-only venues) unless seated and actively eating or drinking as well as while visiting public ports of call, where local regulations may require them.

Guests aged two and under do not need to wear a mask at all.

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Do you need to wear a mask at ports of call?

You should take care to observe all local mask rules that are in place.

It is generally expected that you will be able to remove your mask in outdoor settings where you're able to maintain at least six feet of distance between your travel party and others.

For tours that include indoor locations, a mask will likely need to be worn by those guests age two and older.

What type of mask is acceptable?

Your mask should be at least two layers of tight weave fabric with loops that fit over your ears in accordance with health guidelines. The mask should fit your face closely and cover your nose and mouth but allow you to breathe easily.

Do you need to social distance for Royal Caribbean?

Royal Caribbean says: "Physical distancing should be practised throughout your vacation when in crowded areas. Signage, ground markings and crew safety ambassadors will be posted throughout the ship and terminal to kindly remind guests of distancing and other protocols.

"Seating in public spaces such as dining venues, theaters and pool decks will be spread out, and elevators will be limited to no more than four guests or one travel party at a time."

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Do you need travel insurance for a Royal Caribbean holiday?

You must have travel insurance, with healthcare cover, in place to cover your cruise holiday as well as any other destinations you may be visiting independently.

Is the buffet still functioning onboard Royal Caribbean?

While buffets are still available, guests will now be served by crew rather than self-service, and more covered grab and go items will be available at buffets and cafes around the ship.

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Royal Caribbean Group will drop pre-embarkation Covid-19 testing for vaccinated passengers on cruises of five days or less from August 8.

The company – which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises – made the announcement during its second quarterly results call on Thursday (July 28).

Speaking on the call, Jason Liberty, president and chief executive, said the firm’s brands would still test unvaccinated passengers and added that he expected to drop testing for vaccinated guests on longer cruises in the near future.

Liberty (pictured) went on to say: “In 2022, as soon as the US testing requirement was lifted [in June],  we saw a 9%- 10% lift in bookings for 2022 sailings. We made up quite a bit of ground since that requirement was lifted.”

Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive, said around 40% of Royal Caribbean customers who still held Future Cruise Credits (FCCs) were waiting for the testing requirement to be removed.

“We expect to see an increase in bookings today,” he said.

Liberty said the firm expects 2023 to be a “normal” year with normal load factors, better rates and strong earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

But he added: “We continue to expect 2022 to be a strong transitional year as we build occupancy levels. I am confident about our recovery trajectory.”

Chief financial officer Naftali Holtz said load factors on the company’s Caribbean itineraries were 103%, while those for itineraries in northeast and northwest America were around 90%.

However, he cited the Russian-Ukrainian conflict to explain why European cruise load factors were around 75%.

Liberty added: “We’ve seen very strong demand for Europe for 2023. The volumes pick up as we exit the summer. We do expect Europe to act and behave very similar to how it did in 2019.”

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By Lizzim , May 23, 2022 in Royal Caribbean International

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We are cruising from Florida in June (assuming we pass our UK based COVID tests) and need to arrange our pre-cruise test (we are cruising at the end of our trip).

I have just tried purchasing the  Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test via the RC website, for delivery to our hotel, but my credit card was declined (I assume because of the address not matching our card details).

Has anyone from the UK managed to complete a purchase? And if so, how did you get through the payment process?

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We used lab doctor in Fortlauderdale results handed to us after 20 minutes, I can’t help with other parts of Florida

YMMV but I always find it easier to buy a proctored lateral flow test in the UK, take it with me and book a video call from my hotel the morning before the cruise.

Qured, DocHQ and others offer proctored tests for under £20 which are happily accepted by Royal just as they are for entering the USA.

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Although I have not done it, a lot of You Tube Cruiser Bloggers recommend Lab Doctor on 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale as a great way to get tested. No appointments needed and out in under 30 minutes with your result

19 minutes ago, boogybaby said: We used lab doctor in Fortlauderdale results handed to us after 20 minutes, I can’t help with other parts of Florida

Apologies, we are cruising from Canaveral. I should have said that.  

9 minutes ago, gumshoe958 said: YMMV but I always find it easier to buy a proctored lateral flow test in the UK, take it with me and book a video call from my hotel the morning before the cruise.   Qured, DocHQ and others offer proctored tests for under £20 which are happily accepted by Royal just as they are for entering the USA.

Ah, this is good news. I wasn’t sure if they would be accepted - hence looking to get the ones Royal suggested.  

2 minutes ago, jeh10641 said: Although I have not done it, a lot of You Tube Cruiser Bloggers recommend Lab Doctor on 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale as a great way to get tested. No appointments needed and out in under 30 minutes with your result

We won’t be in Fort Lauderdale, but thanks.

Just now, Lizzim said:   Apologies, we are cruising from Canaveral. I should have said that.     Ah, this is good news. I wasn’t sure if they would be accepted - hence looking to get the ones Royal suggested.     We won’t be in Fort Lauderdale, but thanks.

You are welcome. Good luck with your testing. My wife and I are sailing from Southampton in Oct. 2023.

9 minutes ago, jeh10641 said: You are welcome. Good luck with your testing. My wife and I are sailing from Southampton in Oct. 2023.   Jim

Hopefully there will be no testing by then!  😀

13 minutes ago, Lizzim said:   Apologies, we are cruising from Canaveral. I should have said that.     Ah, this is good news. I wasn’t sure if they would be accepted - hence looking to get the ones Royal suggested.     We won’t be in Fort Lauderdale, but thanks.

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14 hours ago, Lizzim said: Ah, this is good news. I wasn’t sure if they would be accepted - hence looking to get the ones Royal suggested.

We are in the same situation sailing in August from Port Canaveral, if you do use a UK proctored test would love to know how you get on.  👍

15 hours ago, gumshoe958 said: YMMV but I always find it easier to buy a proctored lateral flow test in the UK, take it with me and book a video call from my hotel the morning before the cruise.   Qured, DocHQ and others offer proctored tests for under £20 which are happily accepted by Royal just as they are for entering the USA.

This is what we have done a number of times. Much less stressful than trying to find and get to a testing centre in a foreign country. Just be aware that the video test availability times are UK times so factor in the time difference. Even if you do decide on a local testing center you could bring a couple of test kits with you as back up. They are not that expensive and are quick and easy to order in the UK. We have used Testing For All but there are a number of providers.

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19 hours ago, Lizzim said: We are cruising from Florida in June (assuming we pass our UK based COVID tests) and need to arrange our pre-cruise test (we are cruising at the end of our trip).   I have just tried purchasing the  Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test via the RC website, for delivery to our hotel, but my credit card was declined (I assume because of the address not matching our card details).   Has anyone from the UK managed to complete a purchase? And if so, how did you get through the payment process?

I would check with your credit card company as to why it was declined.  It maybe that their fraud detection system but if you call them they can override it.  I had it when I was booking a tour in Amsterdam from the US.  Able to clear it up.

3 hours ago, njkruzer said: I would check with your credit card company as to why it was declined.  It maybe that their fraud detection system but if you call them they can override it.  I had it when I was booking a tour in Amsterdam from the US.  Able to clear it up.

It’s happened before when we can’t enter our proper address details (the website wanted a zip code which we can’t enter) so I’m pretty confident that’s the issue.

As it appears I can bring tests from the UK I’ll do that.

Thanks everyone 😁

welshrich

21 hours ago, Lizzim said: It’s happened before when we can’t enter our proper address details (the website wanted a zip code which we can’t enter) so I’m pretty confident that’s the issue.   As it appears I can bring tests from the UK I’ll do that.   Thanks everyone 😁

Just went on to order some tests, where it asks for a flight date, would you put the cruise date instead?

4 hours ago, welshrich said: Just went on to order some tests, where it asks for a flight date, would you put the cruise date instead?

I personally would, but haven’t ordered our yet.

On 5/24/2022 at 11:05 AM, AndySFC said:   We are in the same situation sailing in August from Port Canaveral, if you do use a UK proctored test would love to know how you get on.  👍

I used one in PC last week. doc HQ did it in my hotel room the day before. Cost was £19.50 which is a lot less than the $100 they want at the port. It was easy and had zero issues with the lady at check in at the port.

On 5/23/2022 at 8:02 PM, gumshoe958 said: YMMV but I always find it easier to buy a proctored lateral flow test in the UK, take it with me and book a video call from my hotel the morning before the cruise.   Qured, DocHQ and others offer proctored tests for under £20 which are happily accepted by Royal just as they are for entering the USA.

Hi, I just bought some dochq tests,  when i go on to book the tests it asks for an address, do i put the hotel where i will be staying in the US?

I’d have thought you put your home address. They couldn’t care less where you are when you actually do the video call.

I haven’t used DocHQ but with Qured the details that appeared on the certificate were name, date of birth and passport number so make sure they’re correct.

11 hours ago, welshrich said: Hi, I just bought some dochq tests,  when i go on to book the tests it asks for an address, do i put the hotel where i will be staying in the US?

Put the UK address as that's where they will send the flow test too.

The address does not appear on the certificate anyway.

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Quick question, if we sail out on Monday our two day precruise test has to be done Saturday or Sunday correct? Friday would be considered 3 days? Having hard time finding a spot that does rapid antigen on Saturday.

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Accessible Staterooms:  51

Connecting Staterooms:  100

Showstopping entertainment in Technically Advance Spaces

Mesmerizing shows and engaging activities are found all over the ship, highlighted by transformational entertainment venues. The Princess Arena, the most technologically advanced Princess Theater design, has three configurations to maximize sight lines and deliver a truly captivating experience. With a pool by sunlight and a stage for shows by starlight, the glass-enclosed Dome, inspired by the hills of Santorini, features acrobatic performances created in partnership with the renowned Cirque Éloize.

  • Princess Arena (Capacity: 990)
  • Princess Casino
  • Princess Live! (Capacity: 200)
  • The Dome (Capacity: 250)
  • The Piazza (Capacity: 300)

Extraordinary Experience

Following the successful debut of the first extraordinary experience with 360 onboard Discovery Princess and Enchanted Princess, the next in the series is Spellbound by Magic Castle , in partnership with the famed Hollywood icon. The newest extraordinary experience blends the captivating world of magic with the art of mixology. The unique venue features incredible feats of magic from talented magicians, surprises in themed rooms and theatrical cocktails.

The Greatest Foodie Destination at Sea

Sun Princess serves up 30 inviting restaurant and bar venues with an unprecedented collection of celebrity collaborators, high-end ingredients and culinary experiences. Highlights include Love by Britto, an artistic-inspired dining experience celebrating love, in partnership with Romero Britto; The Butcher’s Block by Dario, in partnership with the world’s most famous butcher, Dario Cecchini; Makoto Ocean, in partnership with Master of Edomae-style sushi Makoto Okuwa; and Umai Teppanyaki, where world-class cuisine intertwines with captivating performance.

Celebrity Collaborations

  • Good Spirits at Sea – Rob Floyd, celebrity mixologist
  • Makoto Ocean – Makoto Okuwa, Master of Edomae-style sushi
  • Love by Britto – Romero Britto, world-renowned artist
  • Master Winemaker Wine Tasting – Gerard Bertrand, Master Winemaker of the Year
  • Royal Afternoon Tea – Darren McGrady, Royal Chef
  • SMiZE Cream – Tyra Banks, supermodel and businesswoman
  • The Butcher’s Block by Dario – Dario Cecchini, the world’s most famous butcher
  • The Catch by Rudi – Rudi Sodamin, Head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises

Main & Casual Dining (included in cruise fare):

  • The Eatery (Capacity: 742)
  • Deck 6, traditional dining (Capacity: 941)
  • Deck 7, anytime dining (Capacity: 664)
  • American Diner, Deck 8 (Capacity: 326)
  • International Café (Capacity: 20)
  • Lido Greens
  • Lido Coffee & Cones
  • Promenade Grill
  • Promenade Ice Cream
  • Promenade Slice

Specialty Dining* - includes a fee – some are complimentary with Princess Plus or Premier Package :

  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria (Capacity: 88)
  • Crown Grill (Capacity: 132)
  • Love by Britto (Capacity: 68)
  • Makoto Ocean (Capacity: 70)
  • O’Malley’s Irish Pub (Capacity: 86)
  • Sabatini’s (Capacity: 116)
  • The Butchers Table by Dario (Capacity: 88)
  • The Catch by Rudi (Capacity: 88)
  • Umai Hot Pot (Capacity: 57 – shared with Teppanyaki)
  • Umai Teppanyaki (Capacity: 57 – shared with Hot Pot)

Signature & Reserve Collection:

  • Reserve Collection Restaurant (Capacity: 180)
  • Signature Lounge (Capacity: Flexible)
  • Signature Restaurant (Capacity: 124)

Bar Offerings:

  • Bellini’s Cocktail Bar (Capacity: 55)
  • Cascade Bar
  • Coffee & Cones (Capacity: 150)
  • Coffee Currents (Capacity: 55)
  • Crooners (Capacity: 86)
  • Good Spirits at Sea (Capacity: 40)
  • Lido Bar (Capacity: 150)
  • Sea View Bar (Capacity: 60)
  • Sun Bar (Capacity: 150)
  • The MIX (Capacity:150)
  • The Promenade Bars
  • Wheelhouse Bar (Capacity: 70)

Room Service*:

  • 24-hour Room Service (*carries a one-time delivery fee or complimentary with Princess Plus or Premier Package)

Family & Kids

Park19, the most engaging family activity zone ever featured on a Princess ship, features nine activities for the entire family to enjoy in a newly envisioned space perfect for fun and sun for all generations.

  • Coastal Climb
  • The Lookout
  • Infinite Horizon
  • Hammock Area
  • Splash Zone
  • Recreational Court
  • Jogging Track

Age-appropriate activities abound in the Youth & Teen Centers, designed for guests ages six months to 17.

  • Firefly Park Kids Club - ages 3-7 (Capacity: 70) *Parents with children six months to 2 years may enjoy the play area under their supervision
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Neon Grove Tweens Club - ages 8-12 (Capacity: 100)
  • The Underground Teen Lounge - ages 13-17 (Capacity: 100)

Relaxation and Wellness

In these all-new spaces, guests can recharge by simply taking in the ocean vistas around them. The Sea View Terrace sets the tone at the front of the ship, while the new Wake View Terrace features an infinity pool and unparalleled views. The two-story Lotus Spa and Lotus Salon offer relaxing treatments and services for guests to enjoy any time during their voyage.

Outdoor Spaces for Relaxation:

  • Sea View Terrace (Capacity: 206)
  • Signature Sun Deck
  • The Sanctuary* (Capacity: 200)
  • Wake View Terrace (Capacity: 100)

Pools & Hot Tubs:

  • 5 Pools – 2 Lido-Deck Pools, Dome (indoor/outdoor), Sanctuary Pool and WakeView Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Studio
  • Lotus Salon
  • Wellness Studio

Guests will experience an extraordinary retail journey in a transformed space that will include over 25 brands available to cruise guests for the first time at sea. Within the more than 5,800 square feet of retail space, spread over two decks, will be a line-up of more than 200 premium brands from fine jewelry and watches to fashion, fused with an evolving blend of lifestyle and experiential activations.

  • Deck 8 features The Breitling Boutique , featuring the first-at-sea Breitling Lounge concept and the latest TAG Heuer boutique design, as well as The Fine Timepieces Boutique , which features a selection of signature timepieces for both men and women from Longines, Rado, Tissot, Hamilton, in addition to pre-owned Rolex watches.
  • Within The Beauty & Wellness Boutique on Deck 8 guests will find the world’s top cosmetic and skincare brands, such as Chanel, Dior, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and a curated range of sustainable and organic skincare brands including Comfort Zone, Neom Organics, This Works, Rituals and unisex clean skincare by REN Skincare.

For more information visit: Sun Princess

Media Contacts

Contact information for members of the media

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Phone : 1 661 753 1530 Email :  [email protected]

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