Preparing to sail

Correct as of May 10, 2023

Thank you for booking a Cunard voyage; we’re looking forward to welcoming you on board!

There are currently no vaccination or pre-cruise testing requirements for any voyages outside of Australia and New Zealand. This policy is currently under review for our Australia and New Zealand voyages, due to recommence in fall 2023. If you are sailing on one of these voyages, please ensure you check these pages nearer to your sailing date for the most up-to-date information.

While Covid-19 vaccinations are no longer required for Cunard voyages we still highly recommend that all guests traveling on our ships are up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters where eligible and available.

If you're displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 or feel unwell in the days leading up to your voyage, we highly recommend that you take a Covid-19 test before you travel and only travel to the ship if this is negative. If you’re symptomatic on the day of embarkation, we ask that you declare this to terminal or check-in staff. Guests who test positive within 7 days of sailing will not be allowed to embark.

Our vaccination and testing policy and on board protocols are reviewed on a regular basis and may be changed at any time. Where there are changes to the requirements for a voyage, impacted guests will be contacted directly in advance of travel. Also, at the time of travel, some ports of call may stipulate specific vaccine or testing policies for guests going ashore that differ from the Cunard vaccination and testing policy; refer to our destination entry requirements guide for details.

During your voyage it is your responsibility to meet all entry requirements for that country at the time of sailing. Please check the government website of the country you are traveling to and ensure you are aware of the most up-to-date country requirements, as we can't accept responsibility if you are denied entry to a country because you don't meet its entry requirements

Pre-cruise checklist

Any time after booking

  • No later than 24 hours prior to your voyage, please make sure that each guest in your travel party reads, accepts and signs the Passage Contract on their behalf or on bahlf of all accompanying minors. This document requires acceptance befre being permitted on board the ship.
  • Consider obtaining appropriate travel insurance for your voyage.
  • Ensure you have a valid in-date passport and appropriate visas where necessary.
  • Complete your personal details on My Cunard. We also ask for your address in case a member of your traveling group is denied boarding at the terminal during pre-cruise screening. 
  • Browse and book dining, drinks and activities on My Cunard.
  • Keep up-to-date with our Destination entry requirements guide for each port on your itinerary. 
  • Check what you need to pack.

From 21 days prior to embarkation

  • Plan your travel to your ship's terminal to arrive at the time specified on your boarding pass.
  • Complete online check-in and print your boarding pass and luggage labels.


If you embark at a port outside of the US, it's your responsibility to meet all the entry requirements for that country at the time of sailing. We can't accept responsibility if you're denied entry to a country because you don't meet its entry requirements.

Essential documentation

Check the section below to ensure you have what you need to get through our cruise terminals and begin your voyage smoothly.

Medical requirements

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept guests who test positive for Covid-19 within 7 days of travel. We are also unable to accept guests who use supplementary oxygen (via tank or cylinder) or require haemodialysis. Guests who use overnight CPAP for sleep apnoea will be able to travel, however guests requiring oxygen via concentrator, mechanical ventilatory support or peritoneal dialysis may only be accepted to travel with prior confirmation from our medical team.

If any of these apply to you, please call our Customer Service Departments at (8000) 728-6278.