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Find the latest updates on guidance, changes to cruise line protocols or travel news here. For further information in relation to your sailing or destination, please visit your cruise line’s protocols or the Gov.uk website.

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Princess Cruises updates vaccination policy - 17.01.2022

Princess Cruises has updated their vaccination policy to be open ended, with existing bookings impacted which have under 18s booked. The new policy states guests must have receive their final dose of an authorised Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise and provide acceptable proof at the check-in terminal.

Please see Princess Cruises' latest protocols here: https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/.

Celebrity Cruises extends Cruise with Confidence policy - 14.01.2022

Celebrity Cruises n has extended its Cruise With Confidence programme further for their guests. The programme now allows those who have booked a cruise, or are considering booking one, the choice to cancel anycruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive the value back in Future Cruise Credits, applicable to bookings made by 31st March 2022 on sailings departing on or before 31st December 2022, or sailings which depart within one year of the original sail date, whichever is later.

Please see Celebrity Cruises' latest protocols here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/cruise-with-confidence.

Royal Caribbean extends Cruise with Confidence policy - 14.01.2022

Royal Caribbean has extended its Cruise With Confidence programme further for their guests. The programme now allows those who have booked a cruise, or are considering booking one, the choice to cancel any cruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive the value back in Future Cruise Credits, applicable to bookings made by 31st March 2022 on sailings departing on or before 30th September 2022. Future Cruise Credit available to redeem on sailings which depart within one year of the original sail date.

Please see Royal Caribbean's latest protocols here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/the-healthy-sail-center.

Pre-departure testing no longer required - 05.01.2022

As of 4am Friday 7th January, pre-departure testing will no longer be required for travellers returning to the UK. People arriving in the UK will no longer have to isolate until they get a negative PCR test, but will instead have to take a lateral flow test at the end of day two after arriving. If this is then positive, a PCR test will be required to confirm and help identify any new variants.

Royal Caribbean updates mask protocols for January departures - 05.01.2022

Royal Caribbean has shared extended health protocols for all cruises departing on or before 31st January 2022. Guests are required to wear masks indoors at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. This update applies to vaccinated areas and venues. Smoking will also not be permitted in the casino at this time.

Please see Royal Caribbean's latest protocols here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/the-healthy-sail-center.

Norwegian Cruise Line updates pre-cruise testing rules - 05.01.2022

Norwegian Cruise Line has shared changes to the pre-cruise testing rules ahead of 2022. Guests are only required to test once at home prior to embarking on voyages beginning 17th January 2022. However, due to the ongoing and evolving health environment surrounding Covid-19, the cruise line will continue to administer Covid-19 antigen tests at the terminal, prior to embarkation.

Please see Norwegian Cruise Line's latest protocols here: https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/sail-safe?intcmp=pdt_sl_SAILSAFEVAC.

UK government reduces the time fully-vaccinated international arrivals must self-isolate if they test positive for Covid – 24.12.21

The UK government has reduced the self-isolation period for fully-vaccinated international arrivals who test positive for Covid to 7 days from 10 days. A negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row, on days six and seven must be provided.

As per the previous rules, those who test negative on a PCR test taken up to day two after arrival are free of self-isolation on receipt of their negative result. If a PCR test is unclear, self-isolation is required. Those who are not fully-vaccinated must quarantine for 10 full days.

Read the latest guidance from the Department for Transport here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

Norwegian Cruise Line Extends Cruise With Confidence - 17.12.2021

Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its Cruise With Confidence programme further for their guests. The programme now allows those who have booked a cruise, or are considering booking one, the choice to redeem their Future Cruise Credit benefits by 31st January 2022, instead of 31st December 2021.

Please see Norwegian Cruise Line's latest protocols here: https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/sail-safe?intcmp=pdt_sl_SAILSAFEVAC.

NHS Covid Pass now available for children - 15.12.2021

From 13 December, fully vaccinated children aged 12 to 15 can request an NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel. A person with legal responsibility for a child aged 12 to 15 (such as a parent or guardian) can also request the letter on their behalf.

The NHS COVID Pass letter is not available to children aged 12 to 15 who have only received an incomplete course of vaccination (such as 1 dose of a 2-dose vaccine). You can get a NHS COVID Pass letter online. People requiring digital assistance can call the NHS 119 telephone service to request an NHS COVID Pass travel letter. The NHS COVID Pass letter will be sent to the address held on the child’s NHS record and will show all the vaccinations they have received including any boosters. The NHS COVID Pass letter should arrive within 5 working days, but may take slightly longer in December due to the Christmas postal service. The NHS COVID Pass letter service is for international vaccination status only and not recovery or negative test results. This NHS COVID Pass letter service is not available for domestic use at venues and settings in England.


Testing Before Travel to the UK - 13.12.2021

Effective 4am Tuesday 07 December 2021, anyone wishing to travel to the UK from countries and territories not on the red list must also show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow (LFD) pre-departure test, taken in the 2 days before your service to the UK departs. This applies to vaccinated passengers and children aged 12 and above. This is confirmed by Gov.uk here, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england.


Royal Caribbean Extends Cruise With Confidence - 09.12.2021

Royal Caribbean has extended its Cruise With Confidence programme further for their guests. The programme now allows those who have booked a cruise, or are considering booking one, the choice to cancel any cruise which sails between now and 31st May 2022, as long as the cruise is booked by 31st January 2022. Cancel within 48 hours before the sailing date and guests will receive a Future Cruise Credit.

Please see Royal Caribbean's latest protocols here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/the-healthy-sail-center.

Celebrity Cruises Updated Travel Requirements - 09.12.2021

Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than 1 day before their flight departs. For fully vaccinated guests and guests aged 12-17 years who are flying home within 24 hours, guests must do an additional PCR test 2 days before they travel back to England.

For bookings made prior to 16th November 2021: Fully vaccinated guests requiring a COVID-19 test to return to their home country will be provided with the option to receive complimentary testing onboard prior to debarking. Proof of return flights scheduled within 24 hours of disembarkation will be required to qualify for the onboard tests.

For fully vaccinated guests booked after 16th November 2021: Testing will be available at the rate of $55 per person for Antigen and $95 per person for PCR. Proof of return flights scheduled within 24 hours of disembarkation will be required to qualify for the onboard tests.

Any guests who are staying in the US or a different country, such as the Galapagos or Ecuador, for a few days before returning to the UK will need to arrange tests in the US or respective country before travel.

Please see Celebrity Cruises' latest protocols here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/health-and-safety.

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