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On board, you’ll find everything that makes a Cunard holiday the perfect escape. From restaurants and bars serving the finest cocktails and dining at sea, to live theatre, relaxing spas and irresistible pools. To help you to relax and enjoy the experience, we’ve introduced a few simple protocols to protect our guests and crew, but we’ve worked hard to make these easy to adjust to.
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Our protocols at a glance.
To help you to feel comfortable throughout your holiday, we’ve introduced enhanced health and well-being measures to protect everyone on board. These include:
- A vaccination and testing policy for all guests.
- Our crew also undergo a strict testing and quarantine period as well as regular testing during their time on board.
- Health screening and necessary embarkation testing for all guests.
- Enhanced on-board ventilation systems to improve and increase filtration and fresh air.
- Even higher levels of cleanliness, enhanced sanitation, social distancing (in line with latest guidance for cruise lines) and the wearing of face masks in specific areas.
- Plans in place to manage your medical needs, including dedicated cabin capacity for isolation and quarantine (should this be required).
- We always do our best to visit all the destinations on our itineraries but if for any reason can’t, we will either spend an additional day in another port, add in a new port, or if neither is possible, you’ll get to enjoy a day at sea.
Our protocols can evolve as we work with experts and government bodies to respond to the latest advice, but rest assured our focus is always to protect the health and well-being of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit.
Vaccination and testing policy.
Below is our vaccination and testing policy at a glance. For full details, please read on.
Covid-19 vaccinations required
Covid-19 test required(to be organised by the guest and taken prior to travelling to the embarkation terminal)
Fully vaccinated*(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Plus booster if applicable^(a minimum of seven days prior to travel)
|Guests aged 16 years and over||✓||✓||✓|
|Children aged 12-15 years||✓||✗||✓|
|Children aged five-11 years who are fully vaccinated*||✓||✗||✓|
|Children aged five-11 years who are not fully vaccinated||✗||✗||✓#
|Children aged four years and under||✗||✗||✗|
# Additional complimentary test required at the terminal. You can view all requirements of which Covid-19 tests are needed per embarkation port on our page, At the terminal.
For all Queen Mary 2 departures from 24 April onwards, all Queen Elizabeth departures from 30 May onwards and all Queen Victoria departures from 5 June 2022 onwards, until further notice, the vaccination policy applies by age group:
All guests aged 16 years and over need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved Covid-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. ^If more than 270 days (calculated from the last day of the cruise) have passed since the full completion of a vaccination course, a booster vaccine will also be needed and must be administered a minimum of seven days prior to travel.
At this time, a second booster vaccination is not required, however we strongly recommend all guests to have booster vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, should they be available to them, in order to comply with evolving vaccine policies from the countries we visit.
All guests aged 12 to 15 years also need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved Covid-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A booster vaccine is not required.
Guests aged five to 11 years need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel (a booster vaccine is not required) or, if they are not fully vaccinated, they must provide two negative Covid‑19 test results.
Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.
*The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed an approved (by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) two-dose Covid‑19 vaccination course, or the approved single-dose Janssen Covid‑19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable).
For a full list of approved vaccines, see the relevant section below.
You must show proof of your vaccination at the terminal: for full details of valid proof of vaccination visit the relevant section on our Preparing to sail pages.
Depending upon your embarkation port, Covid-19 testing with a negative result may also be required before embarkation. Further details on this can be found by clicking here.
At the time of travel, some ports of call may stipulate specific vaccine or testing requirements for guests going ashore that differ from this policy. Please visit our Port A-Z guide for the latest information regarding going ashore at the ports we visit.
Pre-existing medical conditions.
It is understood that those with certain pre-existing medical requirements or of a certain age may experience more severe symptoms should they contract Covid-19 (coronavirus). We strongly recommend that guests review the UK Government guidance prior to making travel arrangements. This can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk.
If you have any existing medical requirements, we advise you to discuss your travel plans with your doctor. We have put together a simple health advisory letter that you can provide to your GP so they can verify if you’re safe to travel.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept guests who have the following medical requirements:
- Supplementary oxygen (including via oxygen concentrator).
- Mechanical ventilatory support (except for overnight CPAP for sleep apnoea).
- Within the 14 days prior to the cruise:
- Have been unwell with confirmed or suspected Covid-19.
- Have been in close contact with someone with confirmed or suspected Covid-19.
- Have been advised to self-isolate under a government test and trace system.
Working with Bureau Veritas.
In line with Chamber of Shipping guidance, our ships have achieved external validation of their health and well-being protocols from Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification.
Book with confidence.
We know how quickly things can change when it comes to travel. To put your mind at ease, we’ve updated our policies so you can book your next holiday with reassurance.
It is mandatory for all UK guests to have suitable travel insurance cover in order to cruise with us.
Find out more about choosing the right level of cover, and about our insurance partners Holiday Extras, on our travel insurance page.
Your Cunard experience.
While we’ve introduced some new protocols to protect your well-being, rest assured you’ll still be able to enjoy a wonderful Cunard holiday. You’ll still be free to do as much or as little as you please each day, just as you’d expect. Our entertainment venues, restaurants, and bars will be open, and we’ve even introduced advanced booking and virtual queues to give you more flexibility over when and where you eat. Discover more in the sections below.