Barbados & St. Maarten Questions & Answers

Everything you need to know about current health protocols on sailings from Barbados & St. Maarten

Seabourn Return to Service Frequently Asked Questions

Updated May 4, 2022

Global COVID-19 regulations and protocols are continuously changing and we may revise or modify these FAQs (effective immediately) to evolve in line with the latest practices at any time. Please check back regularly for any updates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Ovation sailings, masks are recommended on board. However, masks may be required in certain venues and events. Please pay close attention to onboard signage. At this time, this mask policy update does not apply to Seabourn Encore.

If you’re planning travel to Barbados or St. Maarten, please read the latest health protocols and guidelines. They are subject to change and may impact your plans, so check often.

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Planning & Cruise Preparation | COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements | COVID-19 Testing Requirement | Boarding & Cruise Experience

Planning & Cruise Preparation

What requirements must be completed prior to boarding?

Barbados:

  1. Negative COVID-19 Test: VisitBarbados.org outlines the pre-travel COVID-19 testing required by Barbados. Additionally, guests will be administered a complimentary rapid antigen test at the cruise terminal during the check-in process.
  2. For Barbados BIMSafe: Prior to traveling, guests must complete and upload the required documentation in the BIMSafe app, which can be downloaded from http://www.visitbarbados.org. Guests should upload the required documentation within 72 hours prior to travel and no less than 24 hours before travel. The Ministry of Health personnel will validate information upon flight arrival, so please bring original proof of documentation with you.

St. Maarten:

  1. Guests will be required to show proof of a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test at the cruise terminal, performed within 3-days prior to their cruise embarkation in St. Maarten, when checking in at the pier.
  2. Proof of Vaccination (for travel to St. Maarten, the completed vaccination date cannot be older than one year, unless a booster shot has been administered before the ending of the 9-month term).
  3. Guests must complete an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) application at https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/ no less than 12 hours before travel.

Barbados and St. Maarten:

  1. Proof of Vaccination
  2. Complete vaccination attestation in Seabourn Source app or online guest registration.
  3. Complete your Seabourn health questionnaire 72-24 hours before you embark the ship using the Seabourn Source app or online guest registration.
  4. Complete your Online Guest Registration at seabourn.com as soon as you have booked.
  5. Verify your eligibility and requirements to travel to all destinations being visited by using the governmental websites of the places you are going. It is a guest’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all travel requirements for all destinations.

Can I book a pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel stay? What are the requirements?

Barbados:
Yes, you may book lodging at your own discretion, following local guidelines. Guests must fulfil all requirements for pre-cruise testing, however, as the destination requires. Guests should regularly check for the latest requirements on the destination official government websites to understand what documents and tests may be required upon arrival www.visitbarbados.org.

St. Maarten:
The government of St. Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travelers doing a pre/post-cruise stay. The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application. Travelers requiring COVID-19 insurance must complete this process upon application. For more information on and all questions related to COVID-19 insurance, please visit www.sxmprotectionplan.com.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Which Seabourn voyages currently require vaccinations?
Guests ages 5 years of age and older on all Seabourn voyages must be fully vaccinated.

If I’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, am I still required to have a pre-travel COVID-19 test?

Barbados:
Guests will be required to show proof of a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test, performed within 3-days prior to their arrival in Barbados. This proof may be required at the departing airport prior to the guest being permitted to board their flight, as required by the Barbados Ministry of Health. Details can be found here: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020. If arriving for a pre-cruise stay in Barbados, guests will not need another PCR test before embarking on their cruise. Seabourn will provide an antigen test to everyone at embarkation as a second layer of protection.

Prior to traveling, guests must complete and upload the required documentation in the Barbados BIMSafe app, which can be downloaded from http://www.visitbarbados.org or upload the documentation directly on the site. Barbados Ministry of Health personnel will validate information upon flight arrival, so please bring proof of documentation with you. The information provided will be subject to their data privacy policies.

St. Maarten:
Fully vaccinated guests will be required to show proof of a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test, performed within 2-days prior to their arrival in St. Maarten. This proof may be required at the departing airport prior to the guest being permitted to board their flight, as required by the Government of St. Maarten. Some exceptions for testing are applicable to those that have received a booster shot or under the age of 18, however, Seabourn requires a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test performed within 3-days prior to cruise embarkation in St. Maarten, when checking in at the pier. Any guests who arrive without a 3-day PCR test will have a PCR test in the terminal at a cost of $150 per person. Details can be found here: https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/.

If arriving for a pre-cruise stay in St. Maarten, guests will not need another PCR test before embarking on their cruise.

Guests must complete an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) application at https://stmaartenehas.com/application-form/ no less than 12 hours before travel.

What is considered Fully Vaccinated?
For an individual to be considered fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed after the administration of the last dose in their primary vaccine series. Some countries and regions also have a time limit on when the last dose was given or have a booster requirement to be considered fully vaccinated. The U.S. CDC recommends a booster 5 months after your mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series; other countries and regions allow for up to 9 months or vary. Following the CDC guidance is sufficient to be considered fully vaccinated in all ports we visit.

Do I need a Booster Dose?
We strongly encourage all people receive a booster dose as soon as they are eligible and at least 7 days before embarkation. Boosters strongly protect against infections, severe illness, hospitalization and death.

Boosters may be required by certain health authorities on the itinerary or required on specific voyages. New vaccination entry requirements can change without notice, so we encourage all guests keep their vaccination status up to date.

What vaccines are considered approved or acceptable?
We only accept vaccines that are approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA, or the World Health Organization, or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Some countries and regions on the itinerary may only accept vaccines approved by their regulatory agencies.


For updated authorized vaccine information, refer to:
See authorized U.S. FDA vaccines
See authorized World Health Organization vaccines
See authorized European Medicines Agency vaccines

Are mixed vaccines types accepted?
In a two dose vaccine series, we accept mixed vaccines types only if at least 2 doses of an authorized vaccine were administered at least 28 days apart, with the last dose given at least 14 days before sailing.

What proof of full vaccination will be accepted?
Digital or paper records, or QR codes, showing the vaccine type, the date of each vaccine administered, the individual's name and date of birth or other identifier.

What if I am exempt from receiving the vaccination?
Currently, our sailings are available to fully vaccinated guests ages 5 years and older. Children under 5 years of age will be allowed to sail on all cruises without a vaccine.

Will onboard team members be vaccinated?
Yes, onboard team member vaccinations will be in accordance with CDC guidelines. We are also actively administering boosters to our onboard team members.

I had COVID-19 and recovered but still test positive, will I be able to travel?
Exceptions may apply for fully vaccinated asymptomatic guests that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to embarkation and are fully recovered. Guests will need to provide a letter of recovery from their doctor and laboratory test results that are not older than 90 days.

The Documentation of Recovery prerequisites include:

  1. Paper or electronic copies of the positive viral test result from a certified laboratory (dated no more than 90 days ago), and
  2. A signed letter, on official letterhead that contains the name, address, and phone number of a licensed healthcare provider or public health official, stating that the individual has been cleared to end isolation, is at least 10 days past their infection start date and can travel. The letter should include the date of the positive test and patient identifiers such as name and date of birth that matches the passport or other travel documents.

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COVID-19 Testing Requirements

What types of COVID-19 tests are accepted in Barbados and St. Maarten?
Per the Barbados Travel Protocols, ALL travelers must travel with a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR test result.

With specific reference to the type of PCR test required and accepted for entry into Barbados:
Specific Requirements:

  • The specimen taken must be a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) taken by a healthcare provider
  • The sample must be taken within 3 days prior to arrival.
  • The laboratory performing the test must be an accredited, certified, or recognized facility.

Please note that the following WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Nasal swab samples
  • Saliva samples
  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits
  • Rapid PCR tests

St. Maarten
Fully vaccinated guests will be required to show proof of a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test, performed within 2-days prior to their arrival in St. Maarten. Some exceptions for testing are applicable to those that have received a booster shot or under the age of 18, however, Seabourn requires a negative Standard (non-rapid) PCR COVID-19 test performed within 3-days prior to cruise embarkation in St. Maarten, when checking in at the pier. Details can be found on the St. Maarten Health Authorization System website.

With specific reference to the type of PCR test required and accepted for entry into St. Maarten specific requirements:

  • The specimen taken must be a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) taken by a healthcare provider
  • The sample must be taken within 2 days prior to arrival.
  • The laboratory performing the test must be an accredited, certified, or recognized facility

Please note that the following WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Nasal swab samples
  • Saliva samples
  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits
  • Rapid PCR test

What is acceptable proof of my negative COVID-19 test result?
The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative COVID-19 test: paper negative COVID-19 test results (original only), digital or emailed COVID-19 test results; or record of COVID-19 testing from a healthcare provider including original digital email notification or personal electronic health record.
The negative COVID-19 test result must include:

  • Where the test was administered, including information such as the name and contact information for the laboratory or healthcare personnel who performed the test
  • Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test)
  • A specimen collection date 3 days or less before arrival into Barbados & 2 days or less before arrival into St. Maarten
  • Guest’s name and either date of birth, age, or passport number
  • A negative test result using words or phrases including:
    • Negative
    • Undetectable
    • SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected
    • SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected
    • COVID-19 not detected
    • Not reactive
    • Test results marked “invalid” are not accepted

Is a self-test acceptable for Barbados and St. Maarten?
Per the Barbados and St. Maarten Government Travel Protocols, self-tests are not acceptable. This includes:

  • Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
  • Home kits

Where can I get a viral COVID-19 test near me?
Contact your nearest  health center^, pharmacy, state health department^, or transiting airport to learn more about their availability for COVID-19 testing.

We have partnered with Optum so that U.S.-based vaccinated guests can order an FDA-authorized at-home antigen test kit, shipped to your door in 3 business days or less. These at-home tests include a personal virtually video-supervised visit with an eMed Certified Guide through telehealth services. These guides will help you properly administer the test and verify the results within 15 minutes. The lab result report is delivered via email and can be printed or displayed on your mobile device during check-in. Please place your order no more than two weeks prior to boarding. Order your test kit online^.

Radeas offers an at-home antigen test kit ($45 each), which can be ordered and shipped to your door for free in 5-7 business days. The kit includes a telemedicine consultation. Orders can be shipped within one month of your cruise date. Order your Radeas kit online here.^  

Curative provides testing via drive-throughs, kiosks, or mobile sites and receive your results digitally in 1-2 days. You will be able to find a location and schedule a service at one of their 10,000 sites by visiting Curative.^

Another testing option may be available for fully vaccinated guests who are having trouble getting a pre-cruise testing appointment on select voyages.  

For voyages departing from the U.S. and Canada through July 31, 2022, we will be able to provide a limited number of antigen tests for fully vaccinated guests only at a cost of $60 per person charged via credit card at the time of reservation.  Reservations are required and may be made up to 10 days in advance. Testing will take place on embarkation day at the Pan Pacific Hotel near the cruise terminal. Test appointments are subject to capacity restrictions and reservations are required. Click here to register. https://www.docgo.com/cruiseguests.^

What if I don’t receive my test results back in time?
Guests should consult with the government websites and their airline’s website for details on testing requirements for the countries they will be visiting. Guests may be denied embarking their flights without the required documentation for the destination country.

For St. Maarten, any guests who arrive without a 3-day PCR test will have a PCR test in the terminal at a cost of $150 per person. Details can be found on the  St. Maarten Health Authorization System website.

Will I still need a pre-cruise test before embarkation if I have recently recovered from COVID-19? 
Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 within three months of their embarkation, do not need to get a viral test before embarkation if they are at least 10 days past their COVID-19 infection, have no symptoms and produce documentation of recovery from COVID-19 infection. 

Documentation of Recovery consists of the following: 
·         Paper or electronic copies of the positive viral test result from a certified laboratory (dated no more than 90 days ago), or 
·         A valid digital COVID-19 certificate (DCC) or a document issued by an official health or government authority showing confirmed previous infection. 

Guests who present these documents will need to go through a secondary screening at the terminal and boarding will be approved at the medical staff’s discretion. If guests are not able to obtain documentation of recovery that fulfills the above requirements, they will need to take the required COVID-19 viral test and show a negative result. 

If my home country or country of disembarkation requires a negative COVID-19 test result entry after my cruise ends, will Seabourn administer and cover the cost of the test?
Vaccinated guests needing a disembarkation in Canada to return to their home country will be responsible to arrange and cover the expense of that test. For all other cruises where a guest requires a COVID-19 test to return home and can provide proof of flight within 24 hours, Seabourn will provide a complimentary test. 

We have partnered with Optum so that U.S.-based vaccinated guests can order an FDA-authorized at-home antigen test kit, shipped to your door in 3 business days or less. These at-home tests include a personal virtually video-supervised visit with an eMed Certified Guide through telehealth services. These guides will help you properly administer the test and verify the results within 15 minutes. The lab result report is delivered via email and can be displayed on your mobile device during airport check-in. You can do this upon disembarkation or on your cruise within 1 day of your return flight back to the U.S. Please place your order no more than two weeks prior to boarding. Order your test kit online.^ 

Radeas offers an at-home antigen test kit ($45 each), which can be ordered and shipped to your door for free in 5-7 business days. The kit includes a telemedicine consultation. You can do this upon disembarkation or on your cruise within 1 day of your return flight back to the U.S. Orders can be shipped within one month of your cruise date. Order your Radeas kit online here.^ 

For guests flying home on the day of disembarkation, another option is utilizing the testing facilities at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). For more information regarding locations, pricing, and reservations, please visit: https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/travel-planning/takecare/covid-19-testing.^

Testing facilities are also available at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). For more information regarding locations, pricing, and reservations, please visit:  https://www.admtl.com/en/guide/tips/travel/covid-test.^

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Boarding And Cruise Experience

What is the guideline on face masks?
Masks on board are recommended but not required indoors or outdoors*. We highly recommend guests wear a mask in the Grand Salon and other entertainment areas, casino, spa treatment rooms, youth activity centers and during any other congregate events. 

Masks may be required in terminals where local laws take priority. 

When going ashore guests must be prepared to follow all local guidance regarding masks and physical distancing. The status of local guidelines will be shared with guests prior to disembarkation at the destination.  

Health experts advise that guests use a higher-grade mask while indoors (such as KN95 or surgical masks) that have two or more layers, completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the side of the face and have a nose wire. Please note that visors and face shields will not be accepted as a substitute for a face mask. Seabourn will be providing complimentary surgical mask(s) on board with replacements available upon request. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required on the ship indoors while in Greece.  Face masks may be mandated based on different country protocols and other circumstances as applicable. 

Will shore excursions be limited or can I explore the destinations independently?
The ability for guests to go ashore in ports of call is controlled by the governments of the ports we visit based on their individual COVID-19 protocols and requirements, which are quickly evolving and being updated. All ports allow Seabourn shore excursions. Some ports may also allow tours sold by port-authorized third-party operators or independent tours and exploration. Please be aware that as destination conditions change, you may be required to take a shore excursion provided by Seabourn to go ashore.

We recommend that you always carry your proof of vaccination and your negative COVID-19 test used at embarkation when going ashore.

Only excursions provided by Seabourn are permitted in:

  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Gatun Lake, Panama
  • Cabrits and Roseau, Dominica
  • Port Elizabeth and Saline Bay, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Castries and Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
  • Falmouth, Ocho Rios, and Port Royal, Jamaica

At this time, guests can explore other destinations on their own or on independent third-party tours. This is subject to change at any time; however, and we highly recommend you choose shore excursions with Seabourn as our teams are in contact with local officials who oversee health and safety standards for these guides and tours.

What happens if I or someone else in my travel party test positive while on board?
Anyone reporting or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be reviewed by the shipboard medical staff and tested for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). COVID-19 cases will be assessed and treated either in their suite, or in a designated area of the Medical Center in a single occupancy ward. Onboard COVID-19 related medical center care for positive or suspected COVID-19 cases will be free of charge.

Positive cases that do not require admission to the ship’s medical center, or medical disembarkation, will most likely be moved to a different suite for the duration of their isolation.

If you, your family members, travelling companions or other close contacts are quarantined or medically isolated during your voyage as a result of a positive COVID-19 test or are suspected of having COVID-19, you are entitled to a 100% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for missed cruise days, including the time in quarantine, for you, your travel party, and any confirmed close contacts.

If you have purchased a travel protection plan through us, you and your traveling companion may make a claim for a refund under the trip interruption benefit instead of receiving the FCC.

If I require oxygen and/or dialysis during my cruise, may I still travel?
While we welcome guests who use oxygen concentrators and are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, we are currently unable to accept guests who use oxygen tanks or are undergoing hemodialysis currently. We remain optimistic that our approach on future sailings will become more flexible.

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