Royal Caribbean releases cruise ship health protocols for U.S. sailings June 30, 2022

15 Apr 2022
Matt Hochberg

The next batch of health protocols for Royal Caribbean's North American cruises has been released.

Royal Caribbean announced health & safety protocols for North America departures through June 30, 2022. 

As always, these protocols are subject to change at anytime.

The newly released protocols are identical to the existing protocols they replaced, with no noticeable differences.

You can also refer to the health protocols for Alaska cruises, which differ slightly.


All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing.

Guests under the age of 12 years, who are considered fully vaccinated, should follow the guidance for vaccinated guests below.



All guests 2 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result.

Vaccinated guests ages 12 years and over: PCR or antigen test must be taken no more than 2 days prior to sailing.

Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 years: PCR test must be taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing — but not on boarding day. Antigen tests are not accepted for unvaccinated guests.

No testing required for guests under age 2.

Pre-cruise testing costs and scheduling are the guest's responsibility.  

Docked in Terminal A

Embarkation Day

Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years will take a complimentary test for COVID-19 during check-in. 


For sailings that are 5 nights or longer, unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years will take a complimentary antigen test prior to debark. 


Woman wearing a mask in front of cruise ship

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests.

Unvaccinated children are expected to continue wearing masks indoors and in crowded settings.

Masks are required for all children 2 years and older while at the Adventure Ocean youth program.

Guests under 2 years do not have to wear a mask at any time.

Shore Excursions

All guests, regardless of vaccination status, may visit most ports freely or book a shore excursion.

A few ports still require an excursion to go ashore, regardless of vaccination status. 

Full protocols

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost experts on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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