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On board, you’ll find everything that makes a Cunard voyage the perfect escape. From restaurants and bars serving the finest cocktails and dining at sea, to live theater, 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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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 dedicated cabin capacity for 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.

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 organized by the guest and taken prior to traveling 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 April 24 onwards, all Queen Elizabeth departures from May 30 onwards and all Queen Victoria departures from June 5, 2022, onwards, until further notice, the current 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.

Pre-embarkation testing.

A Covid-19 test organized and taken before embarkation with a negative test result will be required for all guests aged five years and over. The 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.

+Vaccination exemptions must be pre-approved and are subject to capacity controls. Exemptions are not granted on embarkation day. Unvaccinated guests must adhere to specific protocols and testing requirements as communicated to them in advance as a condition for travel.

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 you review the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance prior to making travel arrangements. This can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html.

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 apnea).
  • Dialysis.
  • 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 vacation with reassurance.

Travel insurance.

It is encouraged for all US guests to have suitable travel insurance when cruising with us.

Help protect your travel plans from the unexpected with CunardCare®, including medical, emergency medical transportation, baggage/personal effects, trip and bag delay benefits. Cancelation Fee Waiver Program: Noninsurance feature provided by Cunard.

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 vacation. 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.