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We got an email from our travel agent saying it's time to check in, but RCCL's website still says checkin is unavailable.  My husband called RCCL.  The operator he spoke with said we should be able to check in since we're 30 days out, but she put him on hold to ask her supervisor.  She then said we should get an email with more information soon.  Trying not to freak out about possible reasons for this.  Anyone else on this sailing able to check in online yet?  

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We haven't been able to check-in, either. I know some on the sailings that have gone in the past few weeks were not able to check-in 30 days out, either. I did get our boarding documents emailed this morning. Did you get those? That made me feel better. I am in a Facebook group for our specific sailing; this is the address, if you aren't in it yet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377142169351317

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52 minutes ago, Kaitlyn said:

We haven't been able to check-in, either. I know some on the sailings that have gone in the past few weeks were not able to check-in 30 days out, either. I did get our boarding documents emailed this morning. Did you get those? That made me feel better. I am in a Facebook group for our specific sailing; this is the address, if you aren't in it yet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377142169351317

No, we haven't received anything (at least, I don't think so -- my husband insists on using his email address when we book, but his email account is a disaster).  He is going to call RCCL again.  And I requested to join the FB group (didn't know about that -- thanks!).  

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We are also going out on 7/31. I spoke to RCL yesterday, and due to the ever changing climate of Florida, we possibly could check-in by next week sometime along with updated guidance for the vaccinated/unvaccinated passengers. However there is always a possibility that we don't have online check-in available and need to do so at the pier.

 

EDIT: We just received a survey to provide our COVID–19 vaccination status this morning.

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My husband received an email from Royal with the cruise protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers early this morning.  Even though check-in still isn't available, receiving the protocols makes me feel better.  I wonder if Royal will still have the test cruise after the beat-down the judge put on the CDC yesterday?  (Mind you, I do not mind any steps taken/required to make sailing safer, but I could do without the uncertainty.)  

Odyssey of the Seas July Departures Protocol Update

Before we say, "Welcome aboard," we want to share some important details for your upcoming cruise. Like all cruise companies sailing from U.S. ports, we are guided by the CDC and local regulations. While we are ready to give all our guests an amazing vacation, we want to share the health and safety protocols, so you know what to expect - especially if you are an unvaccinated guest over the age of 16.

This email highlights protocols for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. If you do not wish to follow these protocols, we are happy to provide you with a refund or move your sailing into the future when circumstances may have evolved.

This information only applies to guests on Odyssey of the Seas sailings out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in July 2021. Health and safety protocols are subject to change and as these occur, we're committed to updating you.
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Protocols for Vaccinated Guests
    • For sailings departing in July 2021 from Florida, we strongly recommend all guests 16 and older be fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated, the final dose of the vaccine must be completed at least 14 days before sailing.
    • With proper documentation, fully vaccinated guests require no additional testing for COVID-19, unless it's needed for their post-cruise destination
    • Fully vaccinated parties can visit ports freely unless restricted by local authorities
Protocols for Unvaccinated Guests
Unvaccinated guests 16 and older:
    • Must show a negative test result from a PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than three days prior to sailing
    • Will be charged $178 for additional testing at the terminal and onboard as described below
Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 15:
    • Will undergo an embarkation PCR test for COVID-19 and an onboard antigen test prior to debarkation at no additional charge
Parties with any unvaccinated guests (including parents with unvaccinated children) must book an approved shore excursion to visit any port, other than Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Detailed COVID-19 Testing Requirements
As a requirement to sail with us, all unvaccinated guests must undergo multiple COVID-19 tests as described below. Testing at the terminal prior to embarkation and onboard prior to disembarkation will be conducted by licensed and accredited third-party testing providers we have contracted. Our unvaccinated guests must register for this testing and agree to the third-party testing provider terms and conditions. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

The total charge from the third-party testing vendor for guests 16 and older is $178. This amount will be applied to the guest's onboard expense account. Royal Caribbean will pay the testing vendor(s) on the guest's behalf and will not retain any part of the testing costs. We will cover the cost of any required testing for children 2 to 15 years old.


Pre-Cruise Testing

Unvaccinated guests 16 and older will need to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 administered by an accredited laboratory of the guest's choice and taken no more than three days prior to sailing. We will require documentation of a negative result for this test prior to embarkation. All costs for this test are the unvaccinated guest's responsibility.

At the Terminal

Unvaccinated guests 2 years and older are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in at the terminal, which will be administered by one of our testing vendors. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Mid-Cruise

Mid-way through the cruise, unvaccinated guests 16 and older are required to undergo an antigen test for COVID-19 by one of our testing vendors. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test.

Prior to Disembarking

While onboard, unvaccinated guests 2 years and older will be required to undergo antigen testing within 24 hours of the end of voyage. This test will be conducted the day before the cruise ends by one of our testing vendors. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. Vaccinated guests who require an antigen or PCR test for entry into their destination country may receive one onboard at no charge.
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Additional Information

Going Ashore
Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, including parents traveling with unvaccinated children, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean International that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols. These shore excursions may be purchased in advance on the Cruise Planner website or once onboard at the shore excursion desk or using the Royal Caribbean app. Fully vaccinated parties may book a shore excursion or visit the port freely. All guests are also subject to restrictions and requirements as defined by local authorities in the ports we visit.
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What To Bring

Travel Documentation Checklist
 All guests: Passport books (not cards) valid at least 6 months after your sailing's return date are strongly recommended. A government-issued birth certificate is also accepted, though guests age 16 or older will also need to provide a valid driver's license or picture ID card issued by the government.

Vaccinated guests: A COVID-19 vaccination record card.

 Unvaccinated guests 16 and older: A negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

If you have questions about these protocols or have any concerns about sailing as a result of them, please contact us at 954-628-9290 or 1 (800) 256-6649. We will gladly answer your questions and work with you to reschedule or refund your cruise.

Please note that health protocols are expected to change over time. As the number of positive cases decline, more people are vaccinated, and different regions update their requirements - we'll continue to share our updated protocols.
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53 minutes ago, Pattie A. said:

My husband received an email from Royal with the cruise protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers early this morning.  Even though check-in still isn't available, receiving the protocols makes me feel better.  I wonder if Royal will still have the test cruise after the beat-down the judge put on the CDC yesterday?  (Mind you, I do not mind any steps taken/required to make sailing safer, but I could do without the uncertainty.)  

Hmm, we didn't get this email. We received an email pertaining to our COVID–19 vaccination status, and it had a link to "Getting ready to cruise", but it was for Freedom of the Seas (July Sailing). Maybe I will get it a bit later.

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57 minutes ago, Pattie A. said:

My husband received an email from Royal with the cruise protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers early this morning.  Even though check-in still isn't available, receiving the protocols makes me feel better.

I got my email like this today for our 8-21-21 SY cruise.  I was a bit disappointed that it does not include the "exclusion zones" for unvaxxed.  That is the information I am waiting on to make the "go"/"no-go" decision.  I also got an email link that asked me to verify vaccination status, which I completed.  Maybe that will generate a response that will give me the exclusion areas.

Basically, I see absolutely no difference between the July and August protocols.  They seem exactly the same to me....which leads me to believe that the exclusion areas will be the same, too.  UGH

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12 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Basically, I see absolutely no difference between the July and August protocols.  They seem exactly the same to me....which leads me to believe that the exclusion areas will be the same, too.  UGH

Did your August cruise say anything about travel insurance for the unvaccinated?  

I'm also wondering about mask requirements.  

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8 minutes ago, Pattie A. said:

Did your August cruise say anything about travel insurance for the unvaccinated?  

I'm also wondering about mask requirements.  

Yes.  The same language as the July protocol with ONE exception (which I had forgotten about.  Thanks for asking this !!).  They have removed the word "quarantine" from the insurance requirement which makes a WORLD of difference.  Here's what the insurance requirement now says:

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So now our annual travel policy definitely meets all of the requirements !  YIPPEE !!

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9 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

....which leads me to believe that the exclusion areas will be the same, too.  UGH

Personally, I dislike the fact that our whole family will be considered unvaccinated if our 2 youngest (10 years, and 10 months) are unvaccinated, but yet my wife and I are.

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10 minutes ago, SmoothJ24 said:

Personally, I dislike the fact that our whole family will be considered unvaccinated if our 2 youngest (10 years, and 10 months) are unvaccinated, but yet my wife and I are.

I understand that.  It kinda makes you wonder, why did you even get vaccinated if nothing is changing.... I do feel for the families with young children.  Guilt by association.  

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27 minutes ago, SmoothJ24 said:

Hmm, we didn't get this email. 

Both of these emails (the protocol one and the one about verifying vax status) were in my trash can !  If I hadn't been in there looking for something else, I would never have seen them.  I have a real problem with Royal emails going into my trash can all the time.  I wish I knew why some go to the trash and some come to my inbox like they're supposed to !

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11 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I understand that.  It kinda makes you wonder, why did you even get vaccinated if nothing is changing.... I do feel for the families with young children.  Guilt by association.  

Association, yes... and again having little to no choice: 10 years old, and another thats 10 months old. It is expected they will have a vaccine available by the end of the year. I wish I can fight this...

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Just received an updated "Health Protocols" for Odyssey of the Seas. Not sure it applies since we are leaving July 31, but will be aboard the vessel in August.

YOUR HEALTHY SAILING UPDATE
Florida August 2021 Sailings Protocol Update 

We are looking forward to welcoming you aboard Odyssey of the Seas for your August sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Before you embark on your cruise vacation, we wanted to make you aware of health and safety protocols for your sailing, especially those affecting unvaccinated guests. Please review this message carefully as you plan for your cruise. This information only applies to guests on Odyssey of the Seas out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August 2021. Health and safety protocols are subject to change and as these occur, we're committed to updating you.  



Visit this link for all of our health protocols & additional details. Please save it for future reference.
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Vaccination Recommendation 
We strongly recommend all guests 12 and older be fully vaccinated which means:
    • Your final dose was given at least 14 days before sailing 
    • You have proof of vaccination such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card 
Fully vaccinated guests have no further testing or insurance requirements to sail with us.

Unvaccinated guests 12 and Older: 
Guests who are 12 and older and do not have or are unable to provide vaccination documentation will be considered unvaccinated and will have additional testing at their own expense and must follow health and safety protocols described below, including: 
    • Negative results from a pre-arrival PCR test for COVID-19
    • A PCR test at the terminal 
    • Mid-cruise antigen testing onboard
    • Antigen testing onboard the day before debarkation 
    • Travel insurance requirements
    • Shore excursions required to visit ports
    • Additional health protocols onboard
See below for more information on these tests and protocols. If you do not wish to undergo or pay for additional testing and insurance, or adhere to these health and safety protocols, we are happy to provide you with a refund of your cruise. We believe that in the coming months, restrictions and requirements will be more accommodating as public health circumstances evolve. 

Unvaccinated guests ages 2 - 11 Years Old: 
Children not yet eligible for the vaccine will undergo additional testing at no additional charge, as well as additional health and safety protocols, including: 
    • A PCR test for COVID-19 at the terminal
    • Onboard antigen testing
    • Shore excursions required to visit ports
    • Additional health protocols onboard

Testing Requirements and Cost for Unvaccinated Guests
As a requirement to sail with us, all unvaccinated guests must undergo multiple COVID-19 tests as described below. Testing at the terminal prior to embarkation and onboard prior to disembarkation will be conducted by licensed and accredited third-party testing providers we have contracted. Our unvaccinated guests must register for this testing and agree to the third-party testing provider terms and conditions. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. 

The total charge for unvaccinated guests 12 and older from the third-party testing vendor for these tests is $178. This amount will be applied to the guest’s onboard expense account. Royal Caribbean will pay the testing vendor(s) on the guest’s behalf and will not retain any part of the testing costs. For children 2 to 11 not yet eligible to be vaccinated, we will cover the cost of any required testing. 


Pre-Cruise 

Unvaccinated guests 12 years and older will need to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 administered by an accredited laboratory of the guest’s choice and taken within three days of boarding. We will require documentation of a negative result for this test prior to embarkation. All costs for this test are the unvaccinated guest’s responsibility. 

At the Terminal 

Unvaccinated guests 2 years of age and older are required to take a rapid PCR test when checking in at the terminal, which will be administered by one of our testing vendors. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. 

Mid-Cruise 

Unvaccinated guests 12 and older will take an antigen test onboard mid-way through their cruise. Registration details will be provided onboard. 


Prior to Disembarking 

While onboard, unvaccinated guests 2 and older will be required to undergo antigen testing the day before the cruise ends. This test will be conducted by one of our testing vendors. Registration details will be provided onboard.
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Additional Information 

Insurance Requirement 
As a condition of boarding, each unvaccinated guest 12 and older departing from a Florida homeport on a Royal Caribbean International cruise must provide proof of a valid insurance policy that has a minimum of (a) $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and (b) $50,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation and no COVID-19 exclusions. 

The insurance policy must name the unvaccinated guest as the policy holder or beneficiary and may be purchased from a travel insurance company of the guest's choosing or through the Royal Caribbean Travel Protection Program which fulfills these requirements and provides other benefits for travel protection. Insurance is required for sailings from August 1 through December 31, 2021 (except for bookings made between March 19, 2021 and June 28, 2021).

Going Ashore
At ports of call, fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely. Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, including parents traveling with unvaccinated children, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols. Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port. 

Shore excursions may be purchased in advance on the Cruise Planner website. Once onboard, they can be purchased at the shore excursions desk or by using the Royal Caribbean app. All guests are also subject to restrictions and requirements as defined by local authorities in the ports we visit. 

No tours are required for any guests to go ashore at our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.


What to Expect During Your Cruise 

If you’ve cruised with us before, you will notice some changes. Royal Caribbean, like all cruise companies sailing from U.S. ports, is guided by CDC regulations which currently govern many aspects of our operations. On your sailing, most guests (and all our crew) will be vaccinated and those that aren’t are primarily children. While we are ready to give all our guests an amazing vacation, we do want to share some details about the experience, so you know what to expect. 


Face Masks and Physical Distancing 

When indoors, CDC guidelines require all guests 2 and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. The CDC makes allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Since so many of our guests are vaccinated, you’ll find plenty of these opportunities. For more details, a comprehensive overview of venues available to everyone and those available to only vaccinated guests.

Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless in a crowded setting. We will update you if there are any changes to the CDC guidance as it relates to face masks.

You’ll find the entire ship and boarding process set up to allow for physical distancing, which is encouraged whenever interacting with those outside of your traveling party. 


Dining 

For Main Dining, we will designate areas for everyone, including parents and unvaccinated children, and areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests.

Some specialty restaurants will be open to everyone, while others will be for vaccinated parties only. If you prefer a buffet, Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast and lunch, and the food will be served by our crew. We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or the Royal Caribbean app onboard. Grab-and-go cafes will also be available for everyone. 

Bars and Lounges 

Many bars and lounges will be open to everyone and others will be available to vaccinated guests only. There will be crew stationed nearby and signage to help direct guests.

Casino 

Given the casino’s physical constraints, there is not enough space to accommodate everyone. Since most of our adult guests are vaccinated, the casino will be open to vaccinated guests only.

Fitness and Spa 

The Fitness Center will have dedicated operating hours for everyone as well as hours reserved for vaccinated guests only. Salon services will be available to everyone but given the enclosed space and longer length of spa services, the treatment rooms used to provide facials, massages and other services will only be available to vaccinated guests. 

Entertainment 

Entertainment venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes throughout your cruise. Select showtimes will be for everyone and other showtimes for vaccinated guests only. Be sure to make show reservations once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app. 

Diamond Lounge for Loyalty Members 

The Diamond Lounge will be open and operating at 50 percent capacity to allow for physical distancing. 

Adventure Ocean and Teen Lounges 

Youth spaces will be open to all children and teens. 

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What To Bring 

Travel Documentation Checklist 
 All guests: Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your sailing's return date, is strongly recommended. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate (not a "baby feet" hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests age 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver's License or picture ID issued by the government.

 Vaccinated guests: COVID-19 vaccination record card with the final dose given at least 14 days before sailing.

 Unvaccinated guests 12 and older: A negative COVID-19  PCR test result and proof of travel insurance. 

If you have questions about these protocols or have any concerns about sailing as a result of them, please contact us at 954-628-9290 or 1 (800) 256-6649. We will gladly answer your questions and work with you to reschedule or refund your cruise.

Please note that health protocols are expected to change over time. As the number of positive cases decline, more people are vaccinated, and different regions update their requirements – we'll continue to share our updated protocols. 
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I just read https://www.royalcaribbean.com/content/dam/royal/content/faq/odyssey-of-the-seas-venue-grid.jpg. And thats interesting... if I travel with the family to the islands that we are going to, I would need to take a tour (cause we are considered unvaccinated as a family). However they may or may not have car seat for our infant... so we are "grounded" on the ship.
 

I guess it’s just as well as they cannot guarantee who will come in contact with on the islands and they might not be vaccinated.

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7 hours ago, SmoothJ24 said:

Just received the eDocs this AM for this cruise. Still not able to check-in though. Crossing my fingers that we still get upgraded (RoyalUP) though…

We were able to check in this morning (Around 9:30 AM EDT) for the September 5th, Odyssey sailing.  (Last night we could not)    DId it start working for this one as well?

 

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24 minutes ago, Pattie A. said:

Yes! Check-in is open for the July 31 sailing on Odyssey.  

Same here... We have a early afternoon arrival time set up. Coincidentally enough, I was just talking to RCL about it and after I got off the phone with them, it was available. Now time for RoyalUP....

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