Guidance for Sailings Departing Barcelona, Spain
through Sept 4. 2022

We continually evaluate and update these requirements as new information becomes available. This website will be updated, as needed, and booked guests will be informed of any changes via direct email communication. 


For sailings departing Barcelona on or after September 5th, 2022 please click here.




Health Protocols and Requirements

Vaccination Policy to Sail

Through Sept. 4, 2022 all guests ages 18 and older must be fully vaccinated.**

COVID-19 booster vaccine shots are not currently required to sail on Celebrity Cruises but are highly recommended to ensure a smoother vacation experience and to avoid additional onboard testing and costs at your own expense throughout the sailing.  

Guests are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines); or, 2 weeks after a one dose series such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Vaccines approved and accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO) OR by the European Medical Agency (EMA) will be considered valid with the current exception of the CanSino vaccine.

Guests with a mixed series of any two of the following vaccines taken within a minimum of 28 days between doses, will also be considered fully vaccinated:  

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca/Covishield
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm
  • Covaxin

Any guest who has received one dose of a vaccine (other than Johnson & Johnson) will not be considered fully vaccinated.

Documentation of full vaccination must be provided at the terminal as a condition for boarding.


Sailing Testing Requirements:

All guests ages 2 and older must present a digital or physical copy of a monitored, negative COVID-19 test result at check-in to board their sailing, whether a pre-arrival test (for vaccinated) or test administered at the terminal (for unvaccinated).

Pre-Arrival/Embarkation Covid-19 Test

  • Up to Date* Guests: Must present a negative Antigen test taken within 2 days prior to sailing. Testing at the terminal will not be required.
  • Fully-Vaccinated** Guests: Must present a negative Antigen test taken within 1 day of sailing. Testing at the terminal will not be required.
  • Unvaccinated Guests: Must present either a negative Antigen test taken within 1 day of sailing or have the option to be tested at the Terminal prior to Embarkation. 


  • For all sailings visiting Greece, self-tests will not be accepted and all guests must complete a supervised COVID-19 test prior to boarding. The test must be supervised by a health professional, such as a doctor, pharmacy technician, public health worker, or telehealth representative. We are pleased to make supervised test kits available for order pre-cruise below.

Guests who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may present a Certificate of Recovery and proof of the positive PCR or Antigen test result taken between 11 and less than 180 days prior to the sail date in order to board and be exempt from testing. The Certificate of Recovery can be presented as an NHS COVID Pass, EU Certificate of Recovery or as a letter from a healthcare provider. In addition, you must still present a vaccination card. Please be aware that some ports of call do not accept a Certificate of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination. 

Mid-Cruise/Port of Call

Testing varies depending on vaccination status and itinerary. Unvaccinated and/or Vaccinated guests who are not Up to Date* will need to cover any cost for mid-cruise or port-required testing. Testing costs and vendors vary by port and country. Celebrity will cover the costs for unvaccinated children, who are not eligible to be vaccinated. 

Debark Testing

No Debark testing required.

*European definition of Up to Date:  vaccinated within 9 months (270 days) of final dose in primary series OR at least 1 booster shot. The 270 days must extend to the final day of the cruise. The last primary dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to embarkation.
**Definition of Fully Vaccinated: vaccinated with a full dose of a primary series vaccine more than 9 months (270 days) prior to sailing, and NOT boosted. 
***Exception: If a guest from UK/EU under 18 years of age has a Certificate of Recovery and only one dose of a vaccine series they are considered fully vaccinated.

Re-Entry (to home country)

Most countries no longer require a re-entry test. Should you require a test to return to your country of residence, please visit our Guest Relations Desk onboard.


Testing Costs

Testing varies depending on vaccination status and itinerary. Unvaccinated and/or Fully Vaccinated** guests who are not Up to Date* will need to cover any cost for embarkation, mid-cruise/port of call or debark required testing. Testing costs and vendors vary by port and country. Celebrity will cover the costs for children who are not eligible to be vaccinated. 

PRE-CRUISE Test Kit Resources for U.S. and UK Guests

Celebrity Cruises has worked with its trusted vendors to make options for procuring supervised test kits available to you. While these tests exceed our requirements beginning on Sept. 5, 2022, they do feature a certified guide who walks you through the testing steps. 

  • U.S. Guests can purchase Abbott BinaxNOW test kits here.
  • U.K. Guests can purchase Prenetics test kits here.
    • We strongly recommend ordering test kits at least 7 days in advance of your sailing.
    • Once you have taken the test, you will receive your results in about 15 minutes.


While On Board

Currently, face masks are optional onboard Celebrity ships for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. Celebrity Cruises follows the requirements in all jurisdictions we sail, and please note that mask requirements may vary by the destinations visited on your sailing and/or disembarkation port. This policy is continually re-evaluated, and any updates will be shared with guests. 


Excursions & Going Ashore



Based upon conditions or regulations in the countries you will visit, you may be required to go ashore on a shore excursion provided by Celebrity Cruises. These decisions are always made with your health and safety as our top priority. 


Guests who do not meet the testing and health screening policy requirements will be denied boarding.