Committed to Safe and Healthy Travel

American Cruise Lines is fully operational with all ships running successfully. Our health and safety protocols combined with state and local partnerships have enabled us to provide safe travel experiences across the country. Since the beginning of 2021 we have operated 400 cruises with tens of thousands of people in 31 states.

Health and safety remains our top priority as we prepare for the upcoming cruise season. Protocols will remain in place and will continue to be adapted to suit the unique needs of each region travelled. The risks of COVID-19 remain significant, but vaccines, tests, masks, medical staff, and cleaning requirements are all effective tools in slowing its spread. American Cruise Lines communicates with all guests as their cruise approaches and operating needs are adapted.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and complete a pre-embarkation health declaration certifying their vaccination status. Vaccination requirements may vary by state and region travelled, but all eligible guests should become vaccinated.

All crew members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they have received the full regimen of doses required by the vaccine manufacturer. There is not currently guidance on the expiration date of COVID-19 vaccines, but COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are in the time period required to maintain vaccine effectiveness are strongly recommended.

In the rare instance that a guest may be unvaccinated, that individual will be subject to additional testing and quarantine requirements that may affect their ability to travel or participate in the cruise, including the ability to explore ports of call or join organized events onboard or ashore. Any unvaccinated guest is advised that vaccines may become required with minimal notice prior to their cruise.

All guests embarking on American Cruise Lines vessels must take a COVID-19 test as part of the boarding process. Tests will be conducted on the day of embarkation or upon check-in at the pre-cruise hotel (if applicable). Testing is conducted using antigen test kits and takes approximately 15 minutes to produce a result.

American Cruise Lines also recommends pre-travel testing no more than 3 days prior to travel. Any unvaccinated guest must take a molecular COVID-19 test (i.e. NAAT or PCR test) no more than 3 days prior to travel and email the results to prior to boarding. Unvaccinated guests will also be administered an antigen test on embarkation day and routine testing no less than every 3 days during the cruise.

Guests on cruises visiting Washington State: the Washington Governor’s office has issued guidance that cruise passengers complete a molecular COVID-19 test (i.e. NAAT or PCR test) no more than 3 days prior to travel. All guests on cruises visiting Washington must complete this test as specified and email the result to

Each American Cruise Lines ship carries a Certified Medical Officer and has quarantine/isolation rooms available. American Cruise Lines has partnered with Vikand Solutions to provide medical services, including COVID-19 testing and coordination with medical facilities in each port of call.

The White House’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Bulletin on COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System require that masks be worn aboard U.S. public maritime vessels. American Cruise Lines is requiring masks while indoors in public spaces consistent with the orders of both entities.

American Cruise Lines COVID-19 operating protocols are subject to review and change at any time. This includes the possibility that these requirements be modified for operation in any state or region. These policies do not eliminate the risk. They are designed to reduce risk and slow the spread of illness by removing known transmission sources, increasing awareness, and speeding response time.

Guests and travel advisors may contact us with any questions at 1-800-460-4518.