With UK sea-cation voyages restarting yesterday, there are quite a few options to take a cruise this summer. Many of the cruise lines are mandating that guests have to be vaccinated. However, MSC and Fred Olsen are the only cruiselines are allowing non-vaccinated guests to travel.
Here is a helpful guide as to the requirements. (As of 21 May 2021)
MSC Cruises: Vaccination or PCR test – Virtuosa’ sailings around the British Isles in the upcoming months, we will welcome only UK residents of all ages, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests (i.e did not receive the full set of vaccine shots) will need to take a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR (molecular) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. Proof of a negative test result will be requested at the terminal and we will accept evidence such as an email, SMS or a printed document. The test is not required for fully-vaccinated (any proof of vaccination needed) or under 2 years old guests.
However, as per our stringent MSC Health & Safety protocol, all guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will need to undergo some Health and COVID 19 screenings including a COVID 19 swab test, a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check, before boarding the ship.
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Fred Olsen: No vaccination required – We are following Government guidelines and therefore do not require our guests to be vaccinated at present.
P&O Cruises: Vaccinated guests only – Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident COVID-19 vaccinated guests only. For these cruises the definition of “vaccinated” is a minimum of seven days following the second dose of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines being administered. All guests will need to provide proof of vaccination and the dates given (approved forms of evidence will be confirmed closer to time of departure) and will show this at the terminal prior to boarding.
Cunard: Vaccinated guests only – UK Summer at Sea voyages, these sailings will be for UK resident, Covid-19 vaccinated, guests only. For these voyages the definition of “vaccinated” is a minimum of seven days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines being administered. All guests will need to provide proof of vaccination, and the dates given (approved forms of evidence will be confirmed closer to time of departure), and this will be required to be shown at the terminal prior to boarding.
Royal Caribbean: Vaccinated guests only – At this time, we are requiring guests 18 years and older to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, along with all crew members onboard. Each guest must submit proof of vaccination no later than boarding day.
Princess Cruises: Vaccinated guests only – UK sailings on Regal and Sky Princess will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only. For these cruises the definition of “vaccinated” is a minimum of seven days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19vaccines being administered. Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required (approved forms of evidence will be confirmed closer to time of departure) and this will be required to be shown at the terminal prior to boarding.
Virgin Voyages: Vaccinated guests only: Our goal is to ensure that we’re providing the safest travel experience which means vaccinations for both our crew and passengers.
Celebrity Cruises: Vaccinated guests only – For UK residents sailing from Southampton, all guests 18 and over must be fully vaccinated with all Covid-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing.
Disney Cruise Line: Vaccinated guests 18+: For Disney Magic UK voyages, guests will be required to meet Health and Safety requirements. Guests 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the National Health Service. NHS currently defines fully vaccinated as 7 days after the final dose. Disney Cruise Line will contact Guests prior to sailing with instructions on how to show proof of vaccination status.
Marella/Tui Cruises: Vaccinated guests 18+: Guests 18 or over on the day of sailing, will need to have had both doses of the vaccine at least seven days before travelling, as well as a lateral flow test pre-departure. Guests under the age of 18 do not require a vaccine but will also need to have a lateral flow test pre-departure.
As we have seen with Covid-19 travel, the situation can change, so do keep an eye on your cruise operators website and social media channels for any updates.