Europe Questions & Answers

Seabourn Return to Service Frequently Asked Questions

Updated May 20, 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.

If you’re planning travel to Europe, please read the latest Travel Requirements. 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?

  1. Negative COVID-19 Test
  2. Proof of Vaccination conducted at a minimum of 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise.
  3. Complete vaccination attestation in Seabourn Source App or online check-in.
  4. Complete your Seabourn health questionnaire 72-24 hours before you embark on the ship using the Seabourn Source App or online check-in.
  5. Complete your Online Guest Registration at seabourn.com as soon as you have booked.
  6. Understand entry requirements for each country visited and complete any Passenger Locator Forms and any pre-travel registrations with those countries.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

What are the current vaccination requirements to cruise?
All guests 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated on all Seabourn cruises. For these European cruises, the definition of “fully vaccinated” is at least 14 days and no more than 270 days (9 months) since the last dose in the primary vaccine series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. A single booster dose is required for guests 18 years of age and older whose final dose of an approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine is older than 9 months (270 days) to be considered “fully vaccinated”.

Children under 5 years of age do not need to be vaccinated. Children between 5-11 years of age may be unvaccinated but will need to go through an exemption process and may be subject to additional testing, fees, and protocols. Exemptions will be very limited.

Guests who travel internationally should always ensure they understand all entry and airline requirements to travel (including connecting airports) to and from their home country and the destinations they plan to visit, including where health authorities may require pre-travel COVID-19 testing and booster shots earlier than CDC guidelines. Details continue to be updated regularly; official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources.

What does fully vaccinated mean?
For these cruises, the definition of “fully vaccinated” is at least 14 days and no more than 270 days (9 months) since the last dose in the vaccine series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Only one booster dose is required for guests whose final dose of an approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine is older than 9 months (270 days) to be considered “fully vaccinated”.

Only one booster dose is required for guests 18 years of age and older to be considered fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage guests to stay up to date on vaccinations based on any updated guidelines, but at this time, a single booster dose will meet all booster requirements for cruising.

Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required and must be shown at the terminal prior to boarding. 

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine booster to be considered fully vaccinated?
COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required  for guests 18 years of age and older whose final dose of an approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine is older than 9 months (270 days).  Guests without a booster after this time are not considered “fully vaccinated”.

Only one booster dose is required to be considered fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage guests to stay up to date on vaccinations based on any updated guidelines, but at this time, a single booster dose will meet all booster requirements for cruising.

What COVID-19 vaccine types are accepted on board?
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 individuals name and date of birth or other identifier. The EU digital Covid certificate will also be accepted.

Alternative proof may be required if there are questions and concerns about the proof of vaccination you produce. During check-in at the terminal, you will be required to show full proof of vaccination. If you are unable to produce the described proof of vaccination, you will be denied boarding without refund, credit, or compensation of any kind.

What if I am exempt from receiving the vaccination?
We manage an exemption process for children 5-11 years of age who are not vaccinated. Children under five years old (who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines) are not required to apply for a vaccine exemption but must still follow all other requirements for unvaccinated guests. Limited exemptions will be considered.

To request an exemption, please call us:

  • North America: 1-800-577-1728
  • Southampton, U.K.: 0344 338 8605
  • Rotterdam Office: 00800 1873 1873
  • Netherlands: 0800 724 5425
  • Sydney Office: 1300 987 322

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COVID-19 Testing Requirements

If I’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, am I still required to have a pre-travel, medically observed COVID-19 test before boarding the ship?
All guests ages five and above will require a medically observed, negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken within three days of cruise embarkation for all European cruises except for embarkations in Greece which requires a one-day PCR or antigen medically observed test for all cruises starting from Greece.

Guests who travel internationally should always ensure they understand all entry and airlines requirements to travel from their home country and the destinations they plan to visit, including where health authorities may require pre-travel PCR COVID-19 testing to enter a country. Details continue to be updated regularly; official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources.

What types of COVID-19 tests are accepted?
Guests must take a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) medically observed, viral test that's either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

  • Antigen tests include:
    • Rapid antigen
    • Viral antigen
    • Antigen chromatographic digital immunoassay
    • Antigen chemiluminescence immunoassay
    • Antigen lateral flow fluorescence
  • Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) include:
    • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
    • Reverse transcription real-time PCR (RT-PCR)
    • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
    • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
    • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
    • Molecular test or molecular diagnostic
    • Isothermal amplification
    • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
    • Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)


Is a self-test acceptable?
Vaccinated guests may use a medically observed self-test (sometimes referred to as an at-home test) that meets the following criteria:

  • The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please note, antigen tests are accepted for fully vaccinated guests, but not for unvaccinated guests.
  • The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription.
  • The telehealth provider must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test.


Seabourn has partnered with Optum and Radeas so that U.S.-based vaccinated guests can order an FDA-authorized at-home antigen test kit, shipped to home. These at-home tests include a telehealth service. Please place your order with enough time to be shipped prior to your boarding.  Order your Radeas single pack for $45 here^. Order Optum test kit online here^ (2-pack for $69.99 or 3-pack for $99.99). An eMed 6-pack for $150 is available here.^

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What if I don’t receive my test results back in time?
Guests ages five and above will require a medically observed, negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken within three days of cruise embarkation for all European cruises unless embarking in Greece.  All cruises embarking in Greece require a medically observed, negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken within one day** of cruise embarkation.

If a guest brings proof of testing without results to the pier, Seabourn will test them at no charge. Guests who arrive without a negative test result will experience additional fees, a delayed embarkation and risk denied boarding and subject to quarantine should a positive result be returned. 

**For guests embarking in Athens, Greece, we understand that a one-day medically observed COVID-19 test may not be possible based on the timing of your arrival to Athens.  For your convenience, we are currently offering complimentary antigen testing at the terminal. However, Seabourn strongly recommends guests take a medically observed viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) prior to leaving home to avoid queues and travel disruptions associated with a possible positive result on the day of embarkation.


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 requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for re-entry following my cruise, will Seabourn administer and cover the cost of the test?
Yes, if a negative antigen COVID-19 test is required for re-entry into your home country, Seabourn will cover the costs of a COVID-19 test which will be conducted onboard before disembarkation.

Guests who book a post-cruise stay before traveling home should ensure they meet all testing requirements. If the test provided on board does not meet the requirements for onward travel, additional testing is the responsibility of the guest at their expense.

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Boarding & 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?
At this time, fully vaccinated guests can explore destinations on their own or on independent third-party tours. This is subject to change at any time; however, 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.

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. Please be aware that as destination conditions change, you may be required to take a Seabourn shore excursion to go ashore.

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