Cruise Ship Travel During COVID-19

  • Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
    • Get up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before cruise ship travel.
    • Check directly with your cruise line about their COVID-19 testing or vaccination protocols before travel.
    • If your cruise line does not have a specific testing requirement, get tested as close to time of cruise departure as possible (no more than 3 days before you travel).
    • Get tested again after cruise travel.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters on board ships. If the virus is spreading on board a cruise ship, passengers and crew are at risk for infection.

Before Cruise Travel

Plan ahead

  • Get up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travel.
    • Find out when you can get your booster and where to get a vaccine or booster.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people—especially those who are up to date—from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying.
  • If you have a weakened immune system, or are at increased risk for severe disease, or are traveling with someone who has these risk factors, take multiple prevention steps to provide additional layers of protection from COVID-19 even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk before travel and consider delaying travel if advised. Even if you are up to date, you should know what precautions to take.
    • Check if your cruise line requires proof of vaccination or pre-embarkation testing, or has any other requirements to board.
  • If traveling by air before or after cruise travel, check if your airline or destination (see here for U.S. requirement) has testing, mask wearing, proof of vaccination, or quarantine requirements.
  • Consider getting travel insurance. Consider buying additional insurance that covers health care and emergency evacuation, especially if you will be traveling to remote areas. Make sure you have a plan to get care overseas, in case you need it.

Pre-embarkation Testing

  • If your cruise line does not have a specific testing requirement, get tested for current infection with a viral test (no more than 3 days) before boarding a cruise ship.
    • Make sure you get your test results before you board your cruise.
      • Don’t travel if your test result is positive.
    • If you already had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, see specific testing recommendations.
  • If you or your travel companions have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive at embarkation, the cruise ship may deny you from boarding. If you are allowed to board, you may be required to isolate or take other precautions, depending on your symptoms and test results.