Updated Guidance for Cruises Departing the U.S.
Beginning August 8, 2022

(Excluding Sailings that Visit Canada and Bermuda)


Below are the latest protocols for sailings departing from U.S. homeports on or after August 8, 2022 that do not visit Bermuda or Canada, or depart from Los Angeles.

If your sailing does visit Bermuda or Canada, please go here for Bermuda sailing guidelines and here for Canada sailing guidelines.

If your sailing departs from Los Angeles, please go here.

Protocols are subject to change as destinations continue to adapt, and we will notify guests of any changes both via this website and through direct email communication.



Health Protocols and Requirements



All guests 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing.

We recognize a mixed series of any two of the following vaccines with a minimum of 28 days between doses, as fully vaccinated: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinovac, Sinopharm, or Covaxin. Any guest who has received one dose of a vaccine (other than Johnson & Johnson) will not be considered fully vaccinated. We are not currently accepting the CanSino vaccine.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccine shots are not currently required to sail on Celebrity Cruises but are highly recommended to avoid additional testing and costs, at your expense.  

We recommend traveling with your vaccination documentation should local authorities or businesses within any of the destinations we visit request it to help facilitate entry and/or experiences. 


Testing Requirements

Vaccinated Guests

For all sailings 5 nights or less, no testing is required.

For all sailings 6 nights or longer, vaccinated guests must present a digital or physical copy of a supervised and negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 3 days prior to sailing. Antibody tests are not accepted.


Unvaccinated Guests

For all sailings, unvaccinated guests must present a digital or physical copy of a supervised and negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 3 days prior to sailing. Antibody tests are not accepted.


Certificate of Recovery

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 11-90 days prior to the sail date in order to board and be exempt from testing. We will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in place of a vaccination record. Additionally, please be aware that some ports of call do not accept a Certificate of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination. For more details, please visit our FAQs.



Testing for back-to-back sailings is not required for all sailings. Guests will be notified onboard if testing is required and will be provided testing at no cost if needed.

This back-to-back testing policy applies to sailings on any ships within the Royal Caribbean Group which includes Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and SilverSea.   


Test Kits

Celebrity Cruises has worked with its trusted vendors to make options for procuring available to you. Self-tests are also readily available in most drugstores and pharmacies.

  • 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.
  • Bioreference - Scarlet Concierge Service For fully vaccinated guests located in the United States, Bio-reference will send a qualified medical technician to your home, office, hotel, or any place you choose, to perform the test. The cost is $85 per person. Your results will be ready in about 48 hours. Click here to make an appointment.


While Onboard

Mask Policy

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. 



While Ashore


All guests may go ashore on their own where it’s permitted.

The current exceptions to this policy are Barbados and St. Lucia, where Celebrity Cruises tours are required by the local authorities.

In St Lucia and Barbados, fully vaccinated guests may visit the enclosed port area to enjoy the shops and in that area can also purchase an approved independent tour provided by the local government. Please note that these tours are unaffiliated with Celebrity.

Throughout the Caribbean islands, most mask-wearing policies are at the discretion of business owners.



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