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Correct as of 11 November 2022.

Set sail for new adventures and create wonderful holiday memories once again.

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.

We’d like to remind you that it's important to stay up to date with the latest health and well-being policies and protocols for your voyage, in addition to the latest travel requirements. It is your responsibility to organise and complete all documentation and testing requirements, therefore please ensure you are aware of, and compliant with, the latest guidance for travelling to and/or from your port of embarkation and return home. The guidance may change with little warning.

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Enhanced well-being measures at a glance.

To help you to feel comfortable throughout your voyage, we’ve introduced enhanced health and well-being measures to protect everyone on board. These include:

  • A vaccination and testing policy for all guests and crew.
  • Health screening at the cruise terminal.
  • Enhanced on-board ventilation systems to improve and increase filtration and fresh air.
  • High levels of cleanliness and enhanced sanitation.
  • Plans in place to manage your medical needs, including isolation and quarantine (should this be required).

 

Our enhanced well-being measures 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.

For more information around how we manage Covid-19 on board for sailings to and from Australia and New Zealand, click here.

Vaccination and testing policy.

We have made some changes to our vaccination policy, and in addition self-testing prior to travel will change from ‘mandatory’ to ‘highly recommended’ for vaccinated guests on the majority of Cunard voyages. Some voyages will have enhanced testing requirements due to the length of cruise, ports of call, or the ship’s onward destination. Only guests sailing on these longer or more complex itineraries, will be required to have an observed or in-person lateral flow/antigen test and provide a fit-to-travel certificate before departure.

To see which category your voyage falls into please check your voyage number here.

Please note, we have only categorised voyages departing up to and including 23 December 2022 on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and voyages departing up to and including 1 March 2023 on Queen Elizabeth. The vaccination and testing policy for voyages departing after these dates will be published shortly and we will be communicating these details to any booked guests to confirm the requirements.

Standard requirements for the majority of voyages.

Below is our vaccination and testing policy for the voyage numbers listed here.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations required

Covid-19 test recommended

(to be organised by the guest and taken in the three days before 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 18 years and over
Children aged five-17 years who are fully vaccinated*
Children aged five-17 years who are not fully vaccinated #
Children aged four years and under

 

#Guests aged 17 years and under are not required to be vaccinated, however guests aged 5-17 years who are not fully vaccinated must take a Covid‑19 lateral flow/antigen test in the three days before, or on the day of your ship’s departure. You’ll no longer need to provide a test certificate for these guests, but you must be able to provide photo evidence of your negative test if asked (simply write the guest’s name and the date of testing on a piece of paper and include in the photo along with the test showing a negative result).

Guests will also be asked to confirm that a test has been taken, with a negative result, as part of the pre‑boarding health declaration at the cruise terminal.

For your voyage all guests aged 18 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.

Guests who have had one booster vaccine, regardless of the date, are considered fully vaccinated. 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.

*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 COVID19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable).

Voyages with additional requirements.

Below is our vaccination and testing policy for the voyage numbers listed here.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations required for voyages with enhanced requirements

Covid-19 test required

(to be organised by the guest and taken within 2 days before 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 18 years and over
Children aged five-17 years who are fully vaccinated*
Children aged five-11 years who are not fully vaccinated #
Children aged four years and under

 

#Guests under 12 years of age who are not fully vaccinated may be required to take an additional test at the terminal.

We still require all guests aged 12 years and over to be fully vaccinated*, with a recognised COVID-19 vaccine, a minimum of 14 days before travelling.

^For guests aged 18 years and over, 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.

Guests who have had one booster vaccine, regardless of the date, are considered fully vaccinated. 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.

Guests under 12 years of age do not need to be vaccinated but please note the testing requirements above.

Guests aged four years and under remain exempt from all pre-travel vaccination and testing requirements.

*The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed an approved (by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Therapeutic Goods Administration or the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) two-dose COVID19 vaccination course, or the approved single-dose Janssen COVID19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable).

Pre-embarkation testing.

A Covid-19 test organised and taken before embarkation may be required. As these requirements vary by embarkation port please visit our At the terminal page for further details.

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.

Australia and New Zealand voyages.

Below is our vaccination and testing policy for the voyage numbers listed here.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations required for voyages with enhanced requirements

Covid-19 test required

(to be organised by the guest and taken before 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 18 years and over
Children aged 12-17 years
Children aged five-11 years
Children aged four years and under

 

*We require all guests aged 12 years and over to be fully vaccinated*, with a recognised COVID-19 vaccine, a minimum of 14 days before travelling. The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed an approved (by the Therapeutic Goods Administration) two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course, or the approved single-dose Janssen COVID19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable).

^For guests aged 18 years and over, if more than 270 days (calculated from the last day of the voyage) 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. Guests who have had one booster vaccine, regardless of the date, meet our booster requirements. 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.

Guests under 12 years of age do not need to be vaccinated.

Pre-embarkation testing for Australia and New Zealand voyages.

All guests embarking in Australia are required to take a self-administered Rapid-Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of embarkation or a PCR test within 48 hours prior to embarkation. You will be required to declare your negative result to travel and may be asked to show appropriate proof of your negative test result.

Please visit our At the terminal page for further details of pre-embarkation testing requirements.

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.

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).
  • Dialysis.
  • Within the 10 days prior to the cruise:
    • Have been unwell with confirmed or suspected Covid-19.
    • Have lived in the same household or had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

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.

Travel insurance.

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.