Cruise Line Protocols & Vaccine Information

To make booking your next cruise a little easier, we have pulled together all the key information on vaccines, testing and travel requirements. We will continue to speak to our cruise lines partners and update this page with the latest information.

Before you sail

Before you set sail, there is some vital information regarding the requirements for current cruises. As well as packing the sun cream (just in case!) this checklist should help ensure you have everything you need to go.

  • Passports - Despite only calling at UK ports, passports are required for travel. Please check that your passport has at least 6 months validity from the return date of your trip. Proof of residency will be required for non-UK Passport Holders.
  • Travel Insurance - Make sure your cover meets the Cruise Line requirement to board. Cover specifically for COVID19 must be present. This can be viewed on the Cruise Line Website.
  • Proof of Vaccination status - Please refer to the Cruise Line website for more information on what you need to present at check-in. This varies depending on nationality. There are different Apps for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man & European Guests. Please note that the cards issued on vaccination are not considered sufficient proof of vaccination to board your cruise and will not be accepted.
  • Pre-embarkation testing - Guidance varies by Cruise Line. Please make sure you check the most recent notices via your Cruise Personaliser or alternatively directly on the Cruise Line Website.
  • Travel Documentation - This will need to be taken with you, and online check-in should be completed in advance.
  • Check-in - Most Cruise Lines will have allocated each guest a time slot to arrive at the Port. It is important not to arrive outside the times provided to ensure a smooth check-in. This will be visible on your travel documentation.
  • Princess Medallion App - If you've booked with Princess Cruises you must download the MedallionClass app prior to your cruise as you will need to select an arrival time for embarkation.

Vaccination Policies

Here we have gathered up all the current rules on vaccinations and testing for P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Seabourn.

A lot of cruise line policies on vaccinations are valid until the end of 2021 and for cruises beyond this, many currently don't have any rules in place as they are waiting for the latest guidance from the government. Please remember that cruise lines are constantly updating these and we will do our best to update this information each time anything changes. 

Latest Government Advice

We've also gathered all the latest Government advice and relevant pages for cruise travel;