Europe Questions & Answers

Everything you need to know about current health protocols on sailings from Europe

If you’re planning travel to Greece, please read the latest Greece Travel Requirements from the Greek Government and Greek Ministry of Tourism, including the latest health protocols and guidelines. They are subject to change and may impact your plans, so check often.

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Updated October 19, 2021 - As information changes often, please check back regularly.

Who are the medical experts advising Seabourn and Carnival Corporation as you restart operations?
Carnival Corporation has been working with a number of world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts to support its ongoing efforts for developing enhanced protocols and procedures for the return of cruise vacations based on the latest knowledge around protection and mitigation.

Which Seabourn voyages currently require vaccinations?
Regardless of age, guests on all Seabourn voyages departing through February 28, 2022 must be fully vaccinated.

Specific requirements for other itineraries from February 28, 2022 and beyond will be finalized once we have approval to operate from the respective destinations. Once we have those details, they will be shared with guests.

Since we are continuously monitoring the requirements of each destination and using the guidance of our medical experts, booked guests and travel advisors should always review any updates shared by Seabourn to stay informed about the latest policies or changes, including vaccination requirements. Our practices will continue to evolve and may change to remain aligned with the latest advice.

Guests should always ensure they understand all requirements to travel for their home country and the destinations they plan to visit. Details continue to be updated regularly and official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources to check for the most current guidance.

Can children sail, if not vaccinated?
Regardless of age, all guests on voyages departing through February 28, 2022 must be fully vaccinated in order to sail.

Guests should always ensure they understand all requirements to travel for their home country and the destinations they plan to visit. Details continue to be updated regularly and official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources to check for the most current guidance.

Why have you made this decision to implement vaccination requirements for some of your voyages?
Given the progress of vaccination programs, some Seabourn sailings will be open to booking for guests who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Additionally, each destination we plan to visit with a vaccine requirement understands that all guests will be fully vaccinated.

Policies continue to change and we will continue to monitor and adapt to the latest advice. If our policies change, an update will be shared with past guests and travel advisors, as well as on the Seabourn website.

What does fully vaccinated mean?
For these cruises the definition of “fully vaccinated” is a minimum of 14 days following the last dose in the vaccine series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination and the dates given will be required must be shown at the terminal prior to boarding.

If I have been fully vaccinated, why do I need to be tested for COVID-19?
In an abundance of caution and in response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 caused by the variants of concern such as the Delta variant, as well as evidence that vaccinated people can become infected and can spread COVID-19, we are implementing this mandatory testing policy. As always, Seabourn's primary commitment is to the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships.

What types of COVID-19 tests are accepted?
For all voyages through February 28, 2022: Guests must be tested with a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). See the list below for the acceptable tests, based on sail date.

NAAT include:

  • PCR - Polymerase chain reaction
  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) test
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) test
  • Molecular test or molecular diagnostic test
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet Digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)

Any type of NAAT (and therefore also PCR - which is the most common type of NAAT) is acceptable for voyages departing 8/21 onwards

Where can I get a viral COVID-19 test near me?
For U.S. guests, Seabourn has partnerships and suggestions to help make pre-travel testing access easier.

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 with enough time to be shipped prior to your boarding. Order your test kit online

You can also contact your nearest health center, pharmacy, state health department, or transiting airport to learn more about their availability for COVID-19 testing.

Another option for COVID-19 testing is through a company called Curative. You will be able to find a location and schedule a service at one of their 10,000 sites. You will get your test at one of their drive-thrus, kiosks, or mobile sites and receive your results digitally in 1-2 days. Please visit https://curative.com/.

Quest Diagnostics is also able to provide over 1,500 locations in the United States to schedule a no-cost* COVID-19 test appointment, with results delivered within 48 hours. Find a Quest Diagnostics testing location near you.

* This COVID-19 no-cost-to-you program is available to eligible individuals for $0 out of pocket when billed to a health plan or the government.

By clicking above, you will be re-directed to our third-party vendor site.

Is a self-test acceptable?
Guests may use a medically observed self-test that meets the following criteria:

Only medically observed self-tests will be accepted.

The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT]) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Medically observed self tests require in person supervision, or telehealth enabled supervision of the sample being taken by the guests. Tests done through telehealth services should be affiliated with the manufacturer of the test and provide 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 service providing medical observation 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.

What is acceptable proof of my negative COVID-19 test result?
The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative COVID-19 test: Original copies of negative COVID-19 test results, 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 an antigen, or a PCR test (or any other accepted NAAT).
  • A specimen collection date 3 days or less before cruise departure
  • 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

What is considered 3 days prior to my cruise’s departure?
The 3 day period is 3 days before your cruise’s departure. The 3 day timeframe provides you with more flexibility than a 72-hour timeframe. By using the 3 day window, your test validity does not depend on the time of your embarkation or the time of the day that your test was administered. For example, if your cruise departure is 4:00 PM on a Saturday, you may board with a negative COVID-19 test that was administered any time on the prior Wednesday through embarkation day.

What if I don’t receive my test results back in time?
We require ALL guests to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of their embarkation.

If you do not receive your COVID-19 test results in time, Seabourn will work to re-book you on a later date, or you will be entitled to a 100% Future Cruise Credit.

If you have purchased SeabournShield through us, you and your traveling companion may make a claim for a refund under the trip interruption benefit instead of receiving the Future Cruise Credit.

If I have received mixed vaccinations, will that satisfy your vaccination requirements?
Guests will be considered fully vaccinated who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, or any combination of two doses of an authorized or approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise. Eligible vaccines are ones that have been approved/authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have emergency use listing by World Health Organization (WHO).


US ONLY: Novavax clinical trial participants who can confirm that they receive the full 2-dose series of the active COVID-19 vaccine.

EUROPE ONLY: COVID-19 immunity may be considered equivalent to “Fully Vaccinated” if guest received 1 dose of one these vaccines (Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna) or Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)) 14 days or more ago after a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a Digital COVID Certificate of Vaccination.

* Exceptions to the above may apply to itineraries that sail to ports where certain vaccine combinations are not accepted.

What vaccines are considered approved or acceptable?
Acceptable vaccines are those that have an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or will have received emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Do I need to wait until 14 days after my COVID-19 vaccine booster to be considered fully vaccinated?
No.  Guests who have received the full series of a US FDA or WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of authorized vaccines and have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day of embarkation are considered fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine boosters are not required at this time, nor is a 14 day waiting.

What if I am exempt from receiving the vaccination?
At this time, sailings through February 28, 2022 are available to fully vaccinated guests.

Will you deny my booking if I am unable to wear a mask or if I require oxygen or dialysis during my cruise?
Yes, in accordance with guidance from global health authorities, we may deny bookings and boarding of any guests who are unable to wear a mask or require supplemental oxygen or dialysis.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept guests who are dependent on oxygen or dialysis on sailings during our restart phase (through December 2021). This includes guests who use oxygen concentrators. Please understand the health and safety for you, fellow guests and onboard team members is our top priority, and we take these measures to uphold that commitment.

Can guests do an itinerary deviation to arrive or depart from an alternate port?
No, guests must embark and disembark at the published turn ports.

How will you check that I have received the vaccine at the time of booking?
It is our guests’ responsibility to comply with our current Seabourn vaccination policy.

The original proof of vaccination should clearly show the guest’s name on the vaccination card matching their photo ID, the dates of vaccine doses (final dose must have been received at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise), and the name of facility administering the vaccination. Alternative proof may be required if there are questions and concerns about the submitted proof of vaccination.

Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding. Information provided will be subject to our privacy notice on seabourn.com, and shared only as needed with Seabourn personnel, third parties or local health authorities as part of screening and embarkation-related health protocols.

If I’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, am I still required to have a pre-travel COVID-19 test performed 3 days/72 hours prior to boarding the ship?
All guests must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of their embarkation. Please note that antigen testing in the terminal will be in addition to the COVID-19 PCR test required within 3 days prior to embarkation, so it’s critical that you have your negative PCR test result with you upon your arrival. We will not be able to accommodate guests without proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

What requirements must be completed prior to boarding?
Negative COVID-19 Test: Effective with cruises departing on August 21, 2021, all guests must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of embarkation. Please note that testing in the terminal will be in addition to the COVID-19 test required within 3 days prior to embarkation, so it’s critical that you have your negative test results with you upon your arrival. We will not be able to accommodate guests without proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

Proof of Vaccination: It is our guests’ responsibility to comply with our current Seabourn vaccination policy. Greek 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.

Additionally, using the Seabourn Source app or online guest registration, guests will be required to attest that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise, and bring an original proof of vaccination to cruise check-in. You must also complete your Seabourn health questionnaire 72 hours before you embark the ship using the Seabourn Source app or online guest registration. You’ll be asked to complete the questionnaire before leaving home to begin traveling on your vacation, and then reconfirm your answers when arriving at the port.

The following formats are acceptable proofs of full vaccination: original COVID-19 vaccination card, digital COVID-19 certificate (QR code acceptable); or record of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider including original digital email notification, personal electronic health record, or government Immunization Information System (IIS) record.

The following identifiers for the proof of full vaccination should include your first and last name, a patient identifier such as date of birth, medical record ID, or government ID, type of vaccine (manufacturer), date of all doses administered, lot number, if available, and healthcare professional or clinic site name. The full proof of vaccination must show that your final dose of vaccine was received at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the beginning of the cruise. 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.

Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding. Information provided will be subject to our privacy notice on Seabourn.com, and shared only as needed with Seabourn personnel, third parties or local health authorities as part of screening and embarkation-related health protocols.

Passenger Locator Form (PLF): Prior to traveling, guests will be required to complete the Greek government’s Passenger Locator Form, no later than 24-hours prior to arriving in Greece at https://travel.gov.gr. The information provided will be subject to their data privacy policies. After completing the Passenger Locator Form, you will get confirmation email and a QR code required for entry. Guests are required to bring their physical vaccination card with them.

If you have any symptoms of illness, you will be separated from other embarking guests for secondary screening. Depending on the outcome of the screening, you and your traveling party may be denied boarding. During a secondary screening, our medical staff will need to verify your health questionnaire answers, or any corrections, and then consider whether to permit you to embark. If you refuse to be tested or screened, or to follow the COVID-19 Protocols, you may be denied boarding and no refund or credit will be issued.

Information provided will be subject to our privacy notice on Seabourn.com, and shared only as needed with Seabourn personnel, third parties or local health authorities as part of screening and embarkation-related health protocols.

What proof of full vaccination will be accepted?
The following formats are acceptable proofs of full vaccination: original COVID-19 vaccination card, digital COVID-19 certificate (QR code acceptable); or record of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider including original digital email notification, personal electronic health record, or government Immunization Information System (IIS) record.

The following identifiers for the proof of full vaccination should include your first and last name, a patient identifier such as date of birth, medical record ID, or government ID, type of vaccine (manufacturer), date of all doses administered, lot number, if available, and healthcare professional or clinic site name.  The full proof of vaccination must show that your final dose of vaccine was received at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the beginning of the cruise.  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.

Can I book a pre-cruise hotel stay? What are the requirements?
Yes, you may book pre-cruise lodging at your own discretion, following local guidelines. Guests will be required to complete the Greek government’s Passenger Locator Form, 24-hours prior to arriving in Greece. The information provided will be subject to their data privacy policies.

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.

What are my transportation options to the cruise terminal if I arrive the day of embarkation?
Following flight arrival, independent guests will be escorted in a sterile corridor from their arrival terminal to an approved taxi service for Seabourn guests. These taxis will provide non-stop travel to the cruise ship terminal.

Will boarding times be assigned to guests?
Guests will be assigned a boarding time to embark, which will be provided closer to the sailing date. Physical distancing will be managed in the cruise terminal as guests arrive and check in.  Please download Seabourn Source mobile app in the App Store or Google Play to access mobile boarding passes and many more features.

When will guests be assigned their check-in times for arriving at the pier?
Assigned check-in times will be processed initially at approximately 50 days prior to sailing. Updates will be processed again at 21, 14, 7 and 3 days prior to sailing. If the time shows "To Be Assigned" it will be assigned with the next update processed for the sailing based on the above cadence of assignments.

What if I arrive at the terminal before my assigned time?
If you come to the terminal before your arrival time, you will be asked to wait away from the terminal until you are permitted to enter during your specified arrival time.

Can guests use Seabourn Private Air?
Yes, Seabourn Private Air is available for booking for travel from starting point to any global destination covered by the service. When it comes to air travel, the service provides the ultimate in convenience and privacy away from the crowds at a level of Seabourn service that cannot be found on commercial flights or fractional jet cards. Seabourn Private Air starts the Seabourn experience the moment you leave home and is a perfect option for groups or families.

Can I spend time with guests outside my travel party?
While interacting with people outside of your traveling party, physical distancing is encouraged. 

Will shore excursions be limited or can I explore the destinations independently?
Shore excursions offered by Seabourn are strongly encouraged as local officials oversee health and safety standards for these guides. Independent tours or on-your-own exploration are currently permitted by local authorities. While on shore, guests are required to follow local health and safety direction and requirements as advised by tour operators which currently include masks, physical distancing and enhanced sanitation guidelines. Guests are advised that shore excursion operations are subject to change on short notice due to revisions in local health restrictions.

What is the guideline on face masks?
Guests may be required to wear a mask indoors at all times, except when in their suite, seated in a Restaurant or Bar or performing high intensity exercise in the gym. Masks are not required outdoors when physical distancing can be maintained.

Our team members will wear a mask at all times when in guest areas, except when eating or drinking or outdoors when not interacting with guests.

Seabourn is providing a double-layer cloth mask for each guest on board. Guests may also use their own double-layer cloth or paper medical mask. Face coverings such as bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with exhaust valves are not allowed.

Seabourn Ovation is currently following a series of health protocols developed in collaboration with local and regional authorities based on vaccination levels for both guests and team members. Our protocols may be revised as circumstances change over time.

Will onboard team members be vaccinated?
Our intent is for all team members working onboard to be vaccinated and we are implementing active plans to meet that goal.

How often will team members be tested for COVID-19?
Team members will undergo routine COVID-19 surveillance testing (screening). Each week a portion of the team members on board will be tested.

What medical personnel will be on the ship?
The ship will have medical capabilities on board via a Medical Center that includes doctors and nurses trained to care for a full spectrum of medical scenarios, including COVID-19. Each ship will also be outfitted with a variety of medications, supplies and equipment, which includes onboard COVID-19 testing capabilities.

What cleaning protocols will be in place once you restart service?
Anyone who has traveled with Seabourn in the past knows our onboard crew works continuously to maintain a clean, sanitary environment. Once we restart operations, we will do even more to ensure guests feel comfortable traveling with us, to include:

  • Frequent cleaning and sanitization of hard surfaces in all public areas
  • Routinely use a safe disinfectant proven to quickly kill novel coronaviruses, as outlined on the U.S. Envronmental Protection Agency (EPA) N list for use against COVID-19.
  • Suites and public areas sanitized more frequently with cleaning and disinfection protocols developed in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • Ships and terminals undergo more thorough sanitization between cruises
  • Expanded disinfection methods using emerging and advanced technologies that are proven effective against coronavirus and other germs
  • HEPA filters will be used for all cleaning equipment

What changes are being made to the onboard HVAC system?
We are implementing air management and ventilation strategies to maximize the use of outside, fresh air and the air exchange rate on board in public areas and suites. Where feasible, we will utilize enhanced filters and other technologies to mitigate risk. Current evidence shows that fresh air is effective in reducing the concentration of airborne contaminants, including viruses. Our HVAC system updates are designed to create 10 air changes per hour on our vessels.

  • We are increasing the ship air conditioning system filtration standard to F7 filters (MERV 13), which are finer mesh filters and highly effective in filtering out airborne particles and viruses. In areas where F7 filtration cannot be installed due to technical limitations, portable HEPA filtration units and ultraviolet light (UV) have been installed.

Will you be testing guests prior to disembarking?
A complimentary antigen COVID-19 test will be administered to all guests on board on Day 5 or 6 of the voyage. This test is a requirement as part of the EU Healthy Gateways Protocols. This test fulfills the requirements for onward travel home in most instances where guests board a flight immediately after their cruise.

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.

Can I book a post-cruise hotel? What are the requirements?
Yes. Post-cruise hotel stays booked through Seabourn in Athens will include the cost of an antigen test administered at the hotel.

You may book lodging at your own discretion, following local guidelines. Guests must fulfill all requirements for additional testing for onward travel however as the destination(s) may require. 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.

Guests should check for the latest requirements on the destination official government websites to understand what documents and tests may be required for a post-cruise extended stay.

Why do I have to follow different health protocols on the cruise/on board than my home country recommends?
The EU has established a set of protocols for Greek sailings called EU Healthy Gateways. While all guests onboard will have been vaccinated; at the moment, EU Healthy Gateways guidelines do not provide full distinction between vaccinated and non-vaccinated guest protocol. We continue to work with authorities on onboard protocols.

Why haven’t guidelines been sent for my sailing?
At this time, we can confirm all approvals have been obtained to operate in the Caribbean. We continue to work on similar permissions for other ships in other destinations. For any guest who requires immediate confirmation of our ability to operate their cruise as scheduled we encourage guests to book or to modify their existing booking to an available Seabourn Ovation summer sailing.

Will travel insurance be required? Can I purchase independent coverage?
Given the current global travel and health environment, all booked guests are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance prior to departure to protect against losses. For eligible guests, Seabourn offers SeabournShield® travel insurance that provides a broad range of benefits, including for COVID-19-related expenses, subject to the plan terms. Guests can also purchase third-party travel insurance as well and should check with the provider for specific details on their coverage terms and policies. Note: SeabournShield® is not available to residents of New York State, Quebec or Puerto Rico.

Subject to change. Please check back regularly for any updates