United States Questions & Answers

Everything you need to know about current health protocols on sailings from the United States.

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 advanced progress of vaccination programs, and strong expressed preference on the part of our guests, sailings through February 28, 2022 will be for COVID-19 vaccinated guests only. 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 booked 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.

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).

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 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. 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.

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.

If I’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, am I still required to have a pre-travel COVID-19 test performed within 2 days prior to boarding the ship?
On voyages sailing through February 28, 2022, in accordance with CDC directives, ALL guests will be required to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken within 2 days of their embarkation.

Testing protocols for voyages departing after February 28, 2022 will be communicated soon.

Guests will be required to provide proof of a negative, medically observed, viral COVID-19 test along with proof of full vaccination upon arrival in the terminal and can then proceed on board. Please note that testing in the terminal will not be available for vaccinated guests, 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 pre-travel test.

Guests who received a vaccination exemption are still required to take a negative PCR test within 2 days prior to embarkation and will be tested again in the terminal prior to boarding the ship and again within 24 hours of debarkation (for itineraries five days or longer). Please note – only pre-travel PCR tests (and not Antigen tests) are accepted for unvaccinated tests. Unvaccinated guests will continue to be charged $150 per person for testing and administration.

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 COVID-19 testing. In addition to mandatory pre-travel COVID tests for vaccinated guests, guests who have traveled internationally in the 14 days prior to embarkation, will require an Antigen test at embarkation. For US Sailings – this excludes travel to Canada. Details continue to be updated regularly; official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources.

What requirements must be completed prior to boarding?

  1. Negative COVID-19 Test: Negative, medically observed, COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 2 days of embarkation.
  2. Proof of Vaccination.
  3. Complete vaccination attestation in Seabourn Source app or online guest registration at seabourn.com.
  4. Complete your Seabourn health questionnaire 72-24 hours before you embark the ship using the Seabourn Source app or online guest registration at seabourn.com.
  5. Complete your Online Guest Registration at seabourn.com as soon as you have booked.
  6. 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.

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.

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 these additional mandatory testing requirements. As always, Seabourn's primary commitment is to the health, safety and well-being of our guests, team members 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 medically observed SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Antigen tests include:

  • Rapid antigen test
  • Viral antigen test
  • Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay,
  • Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay,
  • Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence

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)

Is a self-test acceptable?
Vaccinated 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] 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.

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 within 2 days 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 2 days prior to my cruise's departure?
The 2-day period is 2 days before your cruise’s departure. The 2-day timeframe provides you with more flexibility than a 48-hour timeframe. By using the 2-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 Sunday, you may board with a negative COVID-19 test that was administered any time on the prior Friday or after.

Where can I get a viral COVID-19 test near me?
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.

What if I don’t receive my test results back in time?
We require ALL guests to produce a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within the required timeframe.

We realize some of our guests are having a challenge getting a pre-cruise COVID-19 test, especially considering this new guidance. We are working to set up testing access at or near our North American embarkation homeports to conduct a rapid test the day before or day of your departure. We are still finalizing the details and will announce those shortly. Seabourn will be subsidizing the infrastructure of the testing sites, but the company providing the testing will charge a per person fee (to be established). Providers will not accept insurance, but you will be provided a receipt should you wish to submit the cost to your insurance carrier. You should consider this as a back-up alternative should you not receive your test results back in time. If you bring proof of testing without results to the pier Seabourn will test you at no charge. Guests who arrive without a negative test result will experience a delayed embarkation and risk denied boarding and subject to quarantine should a positive result be returned. The homeport labs will either be in or nearby our terminals, directions will be provided once finalized.

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 should regularly check for the latest requirements on the destination official government websites to understand what documents and tests may be required upon arrival.

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.

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.

You may pre-purchase shore excursions through MyAccount at seabourn.com, the Seabourn Source app, and when sailing on board, subject to availability and capacity restrictions.

What is the guideline on face masks?
All guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino except when eating or drinking. Guests will also be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our dining venues, and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate. As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.

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.  We always recommend guests wash or replace their mask daily and choose a good quality, ideally medical grade, standard mask. Please note that visors and face shields will not be accepted as a substitute for a face mask.

These new requirements are being implemented to protect our guests and crew while onboard. Several destinations have implemented their own requirements and all guests will be required to follow the protocols in each destination we visit. We expect these requirements will be temporary and we appreciate your cooperation and look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Will onboard team members be vaccinated?
Onboard team member vaccinations will be in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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.

If my home country or country of disembarkation require a negative COVID-19 test result entry after my cruise ends, will Seabourn administer and cover the cost of the test?
Yes, if a negative COVID-19 test is required for re-entry into your home country, Seabourn will cover the costs of a COVID-19 test administered onboard the ship within the timeframe required prior to travel and prior to the end of the voyage. Guests will receive a copy of the test result. Guests are encouraged to review their home country’s health authority and travel websites to understand the latest guidance on required testing and timing for return travel.

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. Seabourn is offering post-cruise hotel packages.

You may also 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. 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 haven’t guidelines been sent for my sailing?
At this time, we can confirm all approvals have been obtained to operate in Greece and 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 or Seabourn Odyssey 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.

I had COVID 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.

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 period after a booster has been administered.

Can I book back to back cruises?
Yes, back-to-back bookings will be available, subject to inventory availability.

Guests on back-to-back voyages will need to disembark the ship at the end of each voyage, receive a complimentary viral COVID-19 test, and will be permitted to board the ship again once they receive a negative test result. Our current policy is that guests will not need to pack and disembark with luggage for this testing between cruises. Final details will be confirmed once on board, including when and where to go for testing.

Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be denied boarding on the next voyage, together with their family members and close contacts who are not fully vaccinated. If you, your family members, travelling companions or other close contacts are suspected of having COVID-19, you are entitled to a 100% Future Cruise Credit.

We will closely monitor all guidance and will adapt and evolve this policy accordingly.

Subject to change. Please check back regularly for any updates