Are face coverings required on cruise ships?
Face coverings on Disney Cruise Line are optional throughout the line's ships. Guests who aren't vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks while on board. Masks are mandatory on motorcoach transportation, at the cruise terminal and in select ports where it's required by local protocols.
If you or your travel companions have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive at embarkation, the cruise ship may deny you from boarding. If you are allowed to board, you may be required to isolate or take other precautions, depending on your symptoms and test results.
Opt for a suite.
Additionally, certain suites provide exclusive access to areas that are used only by others in similar cabins, which limits the number of people to whom you're exposed. These spaces might include dedicated bars and restaurants, sun decks, pool areas and other spaces.
“The cruise lines have all their ships sailing with no capacity restrictions.
Crew No Long Required to Wear Masks
Crew members aboard ships within Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are no longer required to wear masks, according to a statement the cruise lines released on October 3, 2022, to their team members.
On formal nights, proper attire includes tuxedos, suits or slacks (jackets required) for men and evening gowns, cocktail dresses or dressy pantsuits for women. Jeans are welcome in all dining venues during the day, but they're not appropriate in any public venues for dinner or cocktail hour.
The best news about packing is that there is no (reasonable) limit on how much you can bring on a cruise. Most cruise lines “encourage” each passenger to limit luggage to two suitcases, each one less than 50 pounds. In addition, you can also bring carry-on luggage (more on that in a moment).
Your cruise fare always includes food for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a cruise ship. However, not all venues that offer food will be free. The main dining room and cruise ship buffet will always be included in your cruise fare, though a few specialty items might cost extra.
RCI-Royal Caribbean cruise ships to be back to full capacity by summer 2022.
COVID-19 tests during a cruise
If you are unvaccinated, some cruise lines could require you to test periodically throughout your voyage. The longer the sailing, the more likely it is that you'll need to test while you're on board. Most lines will charge you for the cost of administering and processing these tests.
Is it safe to go on cruise?
The risk of a COVID-19 outbreak is higher when a lot of people share a common space, like a cruise ship. Most cruise lines have dropped vaccination and testing requirements. Consider your risk level based on your health status before booking a cruise, and take precautions while on board to avoid getting sick.
Are cruise ships safe in rough seas? Cruise ships are safe in rough seas and they routinely travel through waves up to 15 feet with no issues. Cruise ships have stabilizers to minimize the amount of rocking felt onboard the ship. The captain will order passengers to stay indoors if they deem it to be necessary.
Royal Caribbean Health & Safety FAQs
Masks are recommended on board but not required. Masks may be required during the entire embarkation and debarkation process (at the home port and port of call), on any transportation, including water shuttles, and when indoors on any Royal Caribbean tour.
CDC recommends all travelers (passengers and crew) be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Masks Now Required Onboard
Guests do not need to wear masks in their staterooms.
And while you might be cruising the Caribbean or some other tropical locale, ship decks can get pretty cold at night when the sun goes down and the wind picks up, so it may be smart to bring a shawl or light jacket.
Absolutely not. Your cruise is your own. If you don't want to dress up for the evening, then you certainly don't have to do so. Many people choose to keep it casual.
Yes, you can make calls, text, and even video chat from a cruise ship. In port, you can connect to local roaming networks. At sea, you can either make calls via a satellite connection or pay for the ship's Wi-Fi (also via satellite) and make Wi-Fi calls, text or video chat via the internet.
Sound travels easily through cruise ship cabin walls, especially when there's an interconnecting door. It's nearly impossible to relax or sleep when your neighbors routinely slam doors, allow their unruly kids to run up and down the corridor or have sex loud enough for the entire hallway to hear.
The back of the ship tends to be considered the next best cabin position after midships. Whilst the front of the ship gets the most movement the back also does get some. Whilst it's nowhere near as bad as the front of the ship, you may still notice some movement in rough seas.
Do you sit with strangers on a cruise?
It's very easy, however, to make sure you get whichever seating arrangement you prefer. In short, you definitely don't have to dine with strangers on your cruise - but you can if you'd like.