Updated Rules for Going Ashore

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Just last month we saw the massive scaling back of onboard covid protocols on Royal Caribbean ships. They discontinued vaccinated/unvaccinated venues, brought back My Time Dining for unvaccinated guests, and removed the face mask requirement for vaccinated guests. It was a huge step.

The progress will continue this month as Royal Caribbean begins accepting a Certificate of Recovery, and now guests can now go ashore without purchasing an excursion from Royal regardless of vaccination status. There are still some exceptions, but overall this is a massive change for families.

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Beginning March 18, 2022, guests can visit most ports of call freely, regardless of vaccination status.

A couple of ports currently require guests to book a shore excursion to go ashore. These tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

Guests may book a shore excursion or visit most ports freely — with the exception of those listed below, which will require tours for all guests who wish to go ashore in March and April, regardless of vaccination status.

  • St. Lucia

  • Barbados

  • Falmouth

At the above destinations, guests may depart the ship and visit the enclosed port area on their own. If they wish to visit further into port, they must have booked a Royal Caribbean shore excursion, or participate in a government approved tour. Government approved tours are unaffiliated with Royal Caribbean. So while a tour is still required, there are options beyond those only available from Royal Caribbean, which may provide more options for families.

Ports that Require Tours for Parties with Unvaccinated Guests

Due to current local requirements, guests who wish to go ashore in Belize in March and April will need to meet the following requirements: Fully vaccinated parties may book a shore excursion or visit the port freely. Parties with unvaccinated children will need to book a tour to go ashore.

No Tours Required at Perfect Day or Labadee
Tours or planned activities are not required of any guest who wishes to go ashore at Royal Caribbean’s private destinations, Perfect Day at CocoCay or Labadee, regardless of age or vaccination status.

To stay up to date on protocols for your sailing the BEST place to find the most current and accurate guidelines continues to be Royal Caribbean’s Healthy Sail Center.