Your Cunard experience.

As the world evolves so may our policies and procedures, but rest assured we will always have every aspect of your vacation experience covered.
Correct as of: April 19, 2021.

A few mindful changes; still your Cunard voyage.

Before you board.

Prior to your departure, Cunard will send you the latest public health guidance as well as pre-voyage information about mitigating the risk of Covid-19, along with a health declaration questionnaire. Please read this carefully as this will include information regarding what to expect when you arrive at the terminal, your time on board, any country-specific requirements to be aware of and other relevant protocols while you are traveling with us. If you’re booked on a fly-cruise, please refer to your airline for their latest protocols and air travel advice.

Before you board - UK voyages for UK guests only.

When we first return to sailing, we will be hosting UK voyages on board Queen Elizabeth. Given the advanced progress of the UK vaccination program, and strong expressed preference on the part of our guests for this limited series of UK Summer at Sea voyages, these sailings will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.

Boarding your ship - UK voyages for UK guests only.

When we first return to sailing with our UK Summer at Sea voyages, all guests will need to provide proof of vaccination and the dates given (approved forms of evidence will be confirmed closer to time of departure) and this will be required to be shown at the terminal prior to boarding. Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding at your own expense. This also applies to providing proof of suitable travel insurance.

If you are traveling with friends and family, please let us know at the time of booking so that we can link your parties to form one traveling group up to a maximum number allowed by UK Government guidelines at the time of sailing. This will help to coordinate your experience. Please call our Customer Contact Department or speak to your travel advisor to link your bookings before you sail.

Boarding your ship.

We have enhanced our boarding procedures, working with our partners in the ports. In the cruise terminal you will be required to adhere to the wearing of face masks and social distancing, in accordance with all current guidelines.

All guests and crew boarding our ships will undergo health screening and pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests may be required as part of our framework of protocols. If required, it will be complimentary in the price of your vacation. We will update our sailing with confidence page as necessary and update all guests prior to their holiday departure date. Please do ensure that your preferences and details are up to date in My Cunard.

If you test positive for the virus, you will be denied boarding. You’ll receive an FCC to the value of the cruise and we will automatically refund any pre-cruise purchases made through My Cunard*.

Cleanliness and care.

We have always taken pride in the cleanliness of our ships. Our enhanced measures will raise these standards even higher, ensuring all areas are inspected and cleaned even more regularly, with products proven to be effective against Covid-19. Added hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will also be available for your comfort and wellbeing.
We will initially be operating with a reduced occupancy on our ships to ensure we’re able to adhere to the latest social distancing guidelines. Social distancing will be in place in all public areas and lifts will have limited capacity, though still available to those who need to use them.
The wearing of face masks in certain areas of the ship will be a mandatory requirement.

Restaurants and bars.

Dining on board one of our Queens will always be part of what makes a voyage with Cunard so special. Going forward, you may be asked to pre-reserve a table at our restaurants and you will only be permitted to dine with your linked traveling group or household, up to a maximum number allowed by government guidelines at the time of sailing.
Additionally, dishes in our buffets and deck grills will now be served by our waiting staff, while each of our restaurants and bars will be adapted in line with the latest social distancing guidance.


We’ll continue to offer a comprehensive program of music, theater and guest speakers on each of our voyages. Our performances will be adapted so that artistes and audience adhere to the latest guidance. You may be asked to pre-book a performance in key venues.

Activities and leisure.

Areas such as our spa, salon, gym, pools, casino, shops, lounges and children’s clubs will be operating but will be subject to the latest approved guidance to minimize contact, reduce the number of guests in each area, and maintain the highest levels of cleanliness.

All public areas will be adapted for social distancing and elevator capacity will be reduced. You may see changes that will include pre-booked appointment slots only and additional services such as a retail concierge service with shops offering a pre-order service on a hand-picked range of products for collection or delivery to your stateroom.

Certain activities or areas of the ship that would make social distancing difficult may not be in operation when we return to sailing. We will keep all guests aware of any potential restrictions before they sail.

Your suite or stateroom.

Your stateroom steward, or butler if you’re staying in our Queens Grill suites, will maintain your accommodations to our enhanced housekeeping standards throughout your stay. To ensure social distancing, we will kindly ask that you are not in your accommodations while cleaning is taking place. To enhance our stateroom experience even further, we’ll be introducing an extended complimentary room service menu for you to enjoy.

In port.

You can still go ashore to explore the rich variety of ports we visit, initially only with our organized and vetted shore experiences so that you can be reassured your wellbeing is protected.

Port transfer and organized shore experience operators will be subject to new policies and procedures to reflect the latest approved guidance in line with our on board protocols.

Unfortunately, some of our existing experiences may have to be put on hold at this time if they cannot be run in a Covid-safe environment, but we know how much our guests love to explore each destination and we’re introducing a new range of options - including more accessible options - to suit every budget and every traveler, so everyone still has the opportunity to experience the best of each exciting stop.

Additional health screening may be required when returning to the ship.

Post-voyage - Test and Trace.

All guests and crew will need to complete a passenger locator form to adhere to the UK Government’s Track and Trace initiative. Local country initiatives may also apply at the time of sailing.

*If you were part of a linked booking, your friends or family would also be able to opt for the FCC and receive a refund for any pre-cruise purchases made. Guests must link with other travelers at the time of booking. If you booked your cruise as part of a wider holiday package please contact your travel provider for more information relating to their policy in place should you be denied boarding.

Please note:

While we want to ensure you have the Cunard vacation you've dreamed of, please be aware that we will be significantly reducing the number of guests on our first voyages following the pause in operations.

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