Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are allowing unvaccinated travelers to sail from all US ports except for voyages to Canada and Bermuda. The change begins on September 5.
The rollback of regulations comes less than two weeks after Royal and Celebrity dropped vaccination and testing policies for cruise ships departing from California, Louisiana, Texas and Europe, but not from Florida.
As of September 5, only unvaccinated guests must present a negative Covid test result, which must be obtained within three days of boarding for most cruises.
Unsupervised self-testing is fine in many cases
Royal and Celebrity will accept any commercially available test, including unsupervised self-tests, in many destinations. A supervised test is required for sailings to Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Greece and New Zealand.
No testing is required on Royal cruises of nine nights or less. On cruises of at least 10 nights, all passengers will need to provide a negative Covid test result to sail. However, guests 5 years of age and older have no vaccination or testing requirements.
On transatlantic cruises, all guests must be fully vaccinated, except for children under 5 years of age. Children under 5 do not need to be tested for US cruises.