RCI-Royal Caribbean's cruise ship COVID vaccine policy review by homeport

   June 15, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

For voyages departing from all ports in the USA (except Florida's), RCI-Royal Caribbean International requires all passengers 16+ years of age to be fully vaccinated. From August 1st, all passengers 12+ years of age also must be fully vaccinated.

Children not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine will sail with a negative test result and have to follow certain protocols.

On voyages departing from Florida ports, all passengers are "strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated."

RCI-Royal Caribbean vaccine policy

RCI's vaccine policies are in line with all local regulations.

  • Cruises from Washington (Seattle): Passengers who are 16+ years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID and those 12+ as of August 1
  • Cruises from Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale): The company strongly recommends that passengers set sail fully vaccinated in case they are eligible. Those who are not vaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing as well as follow other protocols at their own expense. The expenses are still being finalized. Based on the line's guest survey’s, RCI expects 90% of its passengers to be fully vaccinated
  • Cruises from Texas (Galveston): Passengers who are 12+ years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID
  • Cruises from Bahamas (Nassau): Passengers who are 16+ years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID and those 12+ as of August 1
  • Cruises from the UK (Southampton England): UK residents 18+ must be fully vaccinated against COVID, while those under the age of 18 have to receive negative test results
  • Cruises from Cyprus (Limassol): Passengers 18+ who are fully vaccinated against COVID, and those under the age of 18 with a negative test result can sail
  • Cruises from Spain (Barcelona): Passengers 18+ who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with a negative test result can sail
  • Cruises from Singapore: Sailing Singapore passengers are not required to be vaccinated but have to follow the protocols outlined by the Singapore government.

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