Royal Caribbean’s August 2021 Alaska Cruise Protocols Announced

Dear valued Travel Partners,

The excitement continues as we prepare for our return to the Last Frontier this summer! We greatly look forward to welcoming guests onboard Serenade of the Seas® and Ovation of the Seas® this August to explore the wondrous wilderness. As we gear up, we want to share important health and safety requirements, especially those affecting unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 years. Please review the enclosed message carefully to better assist your clients that may be sailing with us.

This information only applies to sailings departing from Seattle in August 2021. Health and safety protocols are subject to change and as these occur, we’re committed to updating you, our valued partners.

Vaccination and Testing Requirements


  • All guests 12 years and older are required to bring proof of vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card, with the final dose of the vaccine completed at least 14 days before sailing.


  • At the terminal: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in at the terminal. Registration details for this test will be sent via email in advance.
  • Prior to disembarking: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years are required to take an antigen test onboard within 24 hours of the end of voyage. Vaccinated guests who require an antigen or PCR test for entry into their destination country may receive one onboard at no charge. Registration details will be provided during the cruise.

Both of these tests are complimentary. No testing is required for guests under age 2.

During the Cruise
If guests have cruised with us before, they will notice some changes onboard. Royal Caribbean, like all cruise companies sailing from U.S. ports, is guided by CDC regulations which currently govern many aspects of our operations. On their sailing, guests 12 years and older and all our crew will be fully vaccinated. While we are ready to give all our guests an amazing vacation, we do want to share some details about the experience, so they know what to expect. Please note, the SeaPass card will be required to access lounges, shows and dining venues, so keep it handy.Face Masks and Physical Distancing

  • When indoors, CDC guidelines require all guests 2 years and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. The CDC makes allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Since so many of our guests are vaccinated, they’ll find plenty of these opportunities.
  • Masks are not required in your client’s stateroom when they are with their traveling party or outside on the open decks, unless in a crowded setting. Updates will be shared as changes to CDC mask guidelines occur.
  • Guests will find the entire ship and boarding process set up to allow for physical distancing, which is encouraged whenever interacting with those outside of their traveling party.


  • For Main Dining, we will designate areas for everyone, including parents and unvaccinated children, and areas for vaccinated parties only.
  • My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests.
  • Some specialty restaurants will be open to everyone, while others will be for vaccinated parties only.
  • If buffet is preferred, Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast and lunch, and the food will be served by our crew.
  • We recommend that they make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before the cruise or the Royal Caribbean app onboard.
  • Grab-and-go cafes will also be available for everyone.

Other Venues

  • Theaters and activity venues will offer spaced seating with options for everyone and for vaccinated guests only.
  • Encourage your clients to make show reservations once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.
  • Spa services, except those offered in treatment rooms, are available to everyone.
  • The Fitness Center will have dedicated operating hours for everyone as well as hours reserved for vaccinated guests only.
  • The Casino will be open to vaccinated guests only.
  • Youth spaces will be open to all children and teens.

Going Ashore
At ports of call, fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely. Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, including parents traveling with unvaccinated children, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols. Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port.

Shore excursions may be purchased in advance on the Cruise Planner website. Once onboard, they can be purchased at the shore excursions desk or by using the Royal Caribbean app. All guests are also subject to restrictions and requirements as defined by local authorities in the ports we visit.

What To Bring

Travel Documentation Checklist

  • A Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is strongly recommended. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate (not a “baby feet” hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests age 16 years and older that choose to present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver’s License or picture ID card issued by the government.
  • A COVID-19 vaccination record card for each vaccinated guest with the final dose at least 14 days before sailing.

Please note that health protocols are expected to change over time. Guidance for other ports and sailings is still in development with federal, state, and local authorities. We will update you as protocols change.

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