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October Healthy Sailing Protocols (10/16 through 10/31)

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Nothing jumping out to me as changed, but just received this email from RCCL.


October 16 - 31, 2021 Sailings Protocols

Here are our health & safety protocols for U.S. sailings, including government mandates and CDC pre-cruise testing requirements. These are subject to change and we’ll keep you informed.

Save the link below for additional details, FAQs, and future reference.

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

All guests 12 and older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing. Click here to learn more.

Pre-Cruise: All guests 2 years and older must present a negative PCR or antigen test result.

  • Vaccinated guests ages 12 and over, test must be taken no more than 2 days prior to sailing.</li
    • Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11, test must be taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing — but not on boarding day.
    • No testing required for guests under age 2.
    Pre-cruise testing costs and scheduling are the guest's responsibility.

    Visit RoyalCaribbean.com/HomeTestKit to learn about our convenient at-home antigen test, available to vaccinated guests.

Embarkation Day: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 will take a complimentary PCR test for COVID-19 during check-in. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Onboard: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 will take a complimentary antigen test prior to debark. Depending on sailing length, there may be additional testing. Registration details will be provided onboard.


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Additional Information

Healthy Shore Excursions
Families traveling with unvaccinated kids are required to purchase a tour through Royal Caribbean to go ashore (except at our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay). These tours follow our health guidance and are available at a variety of prices. Click here to purchase in advance.

Mask Guidance
Masks are required in the terminal, in select locations inside the ship, and may be required at various destinations. Guests under 2 years old don’t need a mask. Click here to learn more.

The Main Dining Room has areas for all parties (vaccinated and those with unvaccinated children.) My Time Dining will not be available to unvaccinated children. Our Windjammer buffet and Grab-and-go cafes are open to everyone for breakfast and lunch and our crew will serve you. Some specialty restaurants are for vaccinated parties only. Visit Cruise Planner to make reservations before your cruise or the Royal Caribbean app while onboard. Click here to learn more.

Other Venues
Theaters and activity venues offer spaced seating with options for everyone and vaccinated guests only. Book reservations onboard on the Royal Caribbean app.

Spa services, except those offered in treatment rooms, are available to everyone.

The Fitness Center has operating hours for everyone as well as hours reserved for vaccinated guests only.

What To Bring

Travel Documentation Checklist

Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is recommended.
  • No Passport? Bring a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate + a valid Driver's License or picture ID issued by the government for age 16 and older.
  • If your name doesn't match, bridging documents are required, like a Marriage Certificate.
COVID-19 vaccination proof for all guests 12 years and older, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card.

 A negative test result for COVID-19 printed or shown on your phone (not a doctor’s note).

If you have questions about these protocols, please reference our FAQs for details or contact us at 954-628-9290 or 1 (800) 256-6649 for assistance.

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