Royal Caribbean announces health protocols for UK cruises

Royal Caribbean has shared health protocols for summer 2022 cruises departing from Southampton.

The newly published protocols apply to ships departing from Southampton, England until May 31, 2022.

Keep in mind that these protocols are subject to change.

Here’s a look at what Royal Caribbean has planned for Protocols.

Need for vaccine and booster

All passengers 12 years and older must be fully immunized and received their last dose at least 14 days prior to departure.

Additionally, for the purposes of these crossings from Southampton, to be considered up to date, passengers must have received all doses of their series of vaccines and received their booster if the second vaccine was administered more than 270 days (9 months).

Children aged 5 to 11 are not required to be vaccinated.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a certificate of recovery in lieu of a vaccination record.

All crew members on board the ship and at our private destinations are fully immunized and given a booster dose when they become eligible.

Entry into the UK

Guests traveling to England have no entry requirements at this time. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

Royal Caribbean advises customers traveling to England from another country to inquire about their own country of origin’s requirements for exiting or re-entering its borders.



Passengers up to date on their vaccinations will be required to present a negative test result for a COVID-19 test taken no later than 2 days prior to departure.

Passengers 2 years and older who are not up to date with their vaccinations or who are not vaccinated will be required to present a negative test result for a COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before departure.

The test must be performed at a certified testing location or supervised by a telemedicine professional.

On board

According to the itinerary, passengers aged 12 and over who are considered unvaccinated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or who are not up to date with their vaccinations will have to undergo additional tests during crossings to the United Kingdom. .

This test is the responsibility of the customer if they are 12 years of age and older and deemed unvaccinated or not current at a cost of US$55 per test.

Guests under 2 years old will not be tested.

Go home

Customers may be required to take tests before returning home at their own expense.

  • Customers can take advantage of testing offered through ExpressTest at Heathrow and Gatwick airports by registering in advance here.
  • Some local testing options include The Regenerative Clinic or Randox Health.
  • Vaccinated North American customers can travel with telehealth test kits such as eMed for US customers and Switch Health tests for Canadian customers.

shore excursion

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated children are free to visit ports of call.

Additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for unvaccinated customers.

For cruises visiting France, passengers originating from an Orange List country will not be permitted to visit the port, in accordance with French government regulations. Find out which countries are on the orange list.


Masks are optional for fully vaccinated customers.

Unvaccinated children should continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded environments.

Masks will be required at Adventure Ocean in the cruise terminal and may be required at various destinations.

Guests under the age of 2 must not wear a mask at any time.

Complete protocols

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