TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CRUISES TO THE BAHAMAS & CARIBBEAN

For ships departing from U.S. ports, wearing masks and social distancing onboard are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended but not required for unvaccinated children.
Masks are optional unless required by local regulation in our terminals. Guests must follow all local mask regulations at public ports of call. Protocols are subject to change.

VACCINE, TESTING & TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS, & COVID-19 ASSISTANCE

- U.S. & Puerto Rico residents

Before booking your cruise, please click HERE to check if your country of residence is allowing guests to cruise in your selected destination.

 

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS:

All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of embarkation.

 

To be considered fully vaccinated:

  • Your final dose in a 2-dose initial series of the Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure. 
  • A "mix-and-match" combination of the above list of vaccines is accepted. 
  • Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at the pier upon check-in.
  • The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 do not qualify as fully vaccinated.

 

Click here to review & accept terms & conditions and confirm that you will be fully vaccinated at the time of your cruise.

 

COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS:

  • All fully COVID-19 vaccinated guests are required to show proof of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than 2 days prior to ship embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. MSC Cruises may provide additional testing, if necessary, at the terminal during embarkation or on board to protect our guests and crew. Be certain to follow testing requirements based on the dates above.
  • All guests not fully vaccinated (based on the above vaccination requirements) are required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to ship embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. These guests will undergo an additional COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to embarkation provided by MSC Cruises, free of charge. The only exception is that no pre-embarkation or embarkation testing is required for guests under 2 years of age.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • MSC encourages but does not require fully vaccinated guests based on the dates above, to purchase travel insurance either through MSC Cruises or another provider. If you choose to purchase travel insurance through MSC Cruises, the purchase must be made prior to final payment.

 

COVID-19 ASSISTANCE:

  • Fully vaccinated guests based on the dates above, are encouraged but not required to purchase travel insurance.
  • If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, MSC Cruises provides COVID-19 assistance at no extra charge for U.S. and Puerto Rico residents who are fully vaccinated. Children under the required vaccination age based on the dates above, regardless of vaccination status, traveling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians (with proof of vaccination) also benefit from this assistance.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14-days prior to your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 at the terminal, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund and assistance, if required, with land-based quarantine.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 during your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a pro-rated refund and assistance, if required, with onboard medical care and land-based quarantine.

 

View our FAQs for additional details regarding Vaccine, COVID-19 Testing, and Travel Insurance requirements.

- International guests (Non-U.S. & Puerto Rico residents)

Before booking your cruise, please click HERE to check if your country of residence is allowing guests to cruise in your selected destination.

 

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS: 

All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of embarkation. 

 

To be considered fully vaccinated:

  • Your final dose in a 2-dose initial series of the Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure. 
  • A "mix-and-match" combination of the above list of vaccines is accepted. 
  • Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at the pier upon check-in.
  • The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 do not qualify as fully vaccinated.


Click here to review & accept terms & conditions and confirm that you will be fully vaccinated at the time of your cruise.


COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS:

  • All fully COVID-19  vaccinated guests are required to show proof of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than 2 days before embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. MSC Cruises may provide additional testing, if necessary, at the terminal during embarkation or on board to protect our guests and crew. Be certain to follow testing requirements based on the dates above.
  • All guests not fully vaccinated (based on the above vaccination requirements) are required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 3 days before embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. A COVID-19 antigen self-test will not be accepted and boarding will be denied. These guests will undergo an additional COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to embarkation provided by MSC Cruises, free of charge. The only exception is that no pre-embarkation or embarkation testing is required for guests under 2 years of age. 
  • The U.S. Government requires all international guests flying into the U.S. to show proof of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than 1 day prior to their flight departure bound to the U.S.; depending on the timing of the test taken prior to flight departure and the timing of ship embarkation, the test taken prior to flight departure may or may not meet the requirements for ship’s embarkation, such as the requirement that fully vaccinated guests show proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before ship’s embarkation. If the test taken prior to flight departure is taken more than 2 days before embarkation, it will be necessary to take a second test no more than 2 days before embarkation.  

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Purchase of travel insurance with coverage for COVID-19 is required through the country of residence of each guest.
  • If purchased through MSC Cruises, it must be purchased prior to making the final payment on your booking
  • You must either purchase travel insurance through MSC Cruises or present documentation at the pier with sufficient coverage purchased from another provider or you will be denied boarding.

 

COVID-19 ASSISTANCE:

  • MSC Cruises does not provide COVID-19 assistance to international guests (non-U.S. & Puerto Rico residents).

 

View our FAQ for details regarding vaccine, COVID-19 testing & Travel Insurance requirements.

TERMINAL & EMBARKATION REQUIREMENTS

- At the terminal and during embarkation for cruises departing from U.S. ports

While at the terminal and during embarkation you will need:

  • Proof of vaccine (vaccine card or certificate of vaccination is required).
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test for guests 2 years and older, for both pre-embarkation testing, and if provided and required by MSC Cruises for embarkation testing. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal.
  • All unvaccinated guests (per our vaccination requirements) will be tested at the pier.
  • MSC Cruises may provide additional testing, if necessary, at the terminal during embarkation or on board to protect our guests and crew.
  • An assigned arrival time will be provided on your e-ticket. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait outside until your embarkation time.
     

View our FAQ for additional details.

- Reasons to deny boarding

You will be denied boarding if you:

  • Have had potential exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of of COVID-19 within 14 days of embarkation.
  • Have a fever >99.5 F / 37.5 C, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches/body aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat or loss of taste/smell within 14 days of embarkation.
  • Have temporary travel restrictions based on local circumstances. For example, certain countries may deny visas or prohibit entry based on travel history & nationality.
  • Are not able to provide the proof of mandatory COVID-19 vaccine proof and negative COVID-19 test result(s) from pre-embarkation testing and, if applicable, embarkation testing.
  • Are not able to provide proof of mandatory COVID-19 insurance policy, (only required for non-U.S. and Puerto Rico residents), in the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish.

ONBOARD, ASHORE & DISEMBARKATION REQUIREMENTS

- Onboard, Ashore & Disembarkation Requirements

  • You may be required to take a COVID-19 test during the cruise, depending on pandemic conditions.
  • If you become symptomatic during the cruise, you will be required to take a RT-PCR test on board (covered by MSC).
  • It is the responsibility of each guest to ensure they are in compliance with any local regulations related to COVID-19 testing when returning to their final post-cruise destination.
  • International guests only (non-U.S. and Puerto Rico residents): A COVID-19 test, or Passenger Locator Form (PLF) may still be necessary for national or international travel. It's every guest’s responsibility to verify this requirement before departure.

    View our FAQ for additional information.

- Shore Excursions

  • Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. 
  • Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently.
  • For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.
     
     
    Visit our Shore Excursion FAQ section for more information.

Cruise Experience

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

  • To maintain health and safety standards, MSC Cruises has adapted processes for ordering, preparing, delivering, consuming, and paying for food and beverage service.
  • Self-service at the buffet restaurant is now available again.  
  • For a contactless experience, you can access restaurant and bar menus from your personal mobile device by conveniently scanning a QR code.

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES

  • Newly designed onboard activities and entertainment for smaller group sizes have been created
  • A wide array of activities including shows, entertainment and the Kids Club will be available by reservation at no extra charge
  • The capacity of the theater will be reduced to ensure responsible social distancing and the entertainment schedule will be extended so you can still enjoy a great variety of award-winning shows
  • All recreational and sporting equipment, fitness machines, toys, games and Kids Club equipment will be disinfected after each use
     

OUTDOOR AREAS AND POOLS

  • All open decks will be accessible including pools, whirlpools and the Aquapark.
  • Sun beds will be separated in clusters
  • All outdoor furniture will be disinfected after every use and deeper disinfection will take place every night

GUEST SERVICES AND CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

  • Download our app MSC For Me (or use our interactive touchscreens and in-stateroom smart TV onboard) to easily find information while avoiding queues*
  • Remote desks will be available on embarkation day for in-person questions
  • You should always call before going to any desk for information
  • Cashless payments will be highly recommended


    *MSC for Me digital channels (mobile app, in-stateroom smart TV, interactive touchscreens) is available on MSC Meraviglia, MSC Bellissima, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Seaview, MSC Seaside, MSC Splendida, MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore and MSC Magnifica (limited version).

SHORE EXCURSIONS

    SHORE EXCURSIONS

    • Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. 
    • Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently.
    • For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore. Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.

      Visit our Shore Excursion FAQ section for more information.

       

ELEVATED STANDARDS OF CLEANLINESS

  • New cleaning methods including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants, electrostatic sprayers, increased cleaning frequency and a focus on high-traffic, frequently-touched areas
  • Staterooms cleaned daily, with additional deep sanitation at the end of each cruise
  • 100% fresh, external air supplied to all staterooms and public spaces, with no re-circulation
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers available around the ship

ENHANCED MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

  • Fully equipped Medical Center, including COVID-19 testing equipment, ventilators and increased number of highly trained staff on board
  • Comprehensive isolation and quarantine procedures and a response plan in place with local authorities that will be activated in case of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 situations

faq

VACCINATION GUIDELINES

- Who is defined as fully vaccinated? What vaccines do you accept?

  • On cruises departing from U.S. ports, all guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of embarkation. 

 

To be considered fully vaccinated:

  • Your final dose in a 2-dose initial series of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca (for non-U.S. residents) vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure.
  • Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at the pier upon check-in.
  • The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 do not qualify as fully vaccinated.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must contain personal identification (at a minimum, full name, and date of birth) that matches the passport, name of official source issuing the record, vaccine manufacturer, and date(s) of vaccination. Must be in English, Italian, German, French, or Spanish.

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

- Is travel insurance required in order to cruise?

U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from U.S. ports:

 

All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of embarkation. 

 

MSC encourages but does not require fully vaccinated guests based on the dates above, to purchase travel insurance either through MSC Cruises or another provider. If you choose to purchase travel insurance through MSC Cruises, the purchase must be made prior to final payment.


View full details of MSC Cruises travel insurance

 

MSC Cruises provides COVID-19 assistance at no extra charge for U.S. and Puerto Rico residents who are fully vaccinated and sail from a U.S. port.  Children under the required vaccination age based on the dates above, regardless of vaccination status, traveling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians (with proof of vaccination) also benefit from this assistance.    

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14-days prior to your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 at the terminal, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund and assistance, if required, with land-based quarantine.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 during your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a pro-rated refund and assistance, if required, with onboard medical care and land-based quarantine.


International guests (non-U.S. and Puerto Rico residents) departing on cruises from U.S. ports:

 

Purchase of travel insurance with coverage for COVID-19 is required through the country of residence of each guest.

 

If purchased through MSC Cruises, it must be purchased prior to making the final payment on your booking

 

You must either purchase travel insurance through MSC Cruises or present documentation at the pier with sufficient coverage purchased from another provider or you will be denied boarding.

 

Guests that purchase insurance other than the one offered by MSC Cruises must provide proof of their valid travel insurance policy that has a minimum of (a) $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and (b) $50,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation, both with no COVID-19 exclusions. The insurance policy must name the guest as the policyholder or beneficiary.  Guests must bring a printed version of the insurance policy, showing the name of each of the covered guest(s) and a description of the coverage in the policy. This documentation will be reviewed by our staff at the terminal prior to boarding. Without it, guests will be denied boarding.

 

View full details of MSC Cruises travel insurance


 

PREPARE FOR MY UPCOMING CRUISE

- What test do I need to provide upon embarkation?

All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of embarkation. 

 

U.S. and Puerto Rico and Canada residents departing on cruises from U.S. ports:

 

  • All fully COVID-19 vaccinated guests based on the dates above are required to show proof of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than 2 days prior to ship embarkation. MSC Cruises may provide additional testing, if necessary, at the terminal during embarkation or on board to protect our guests and crew.
  • Be certain to follow testing requirements based on the dates above.
  • All guests not fully vaccinated based on the dates above, are required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to ship embarkation. These guests will undergo an additional COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to embarkation provided by MSC Cruises, free of charge. The only exception is that no pre-embarkation or embarkation testing is required for guests under 2 years of age. 

 

Tests must be taken with an accredited test provider, such as a drugstore chain, diagnostic lab, or accredited at-home telehealth provider. Guests will be required to show their negative test results upon arriving at the pier. The results can be printed out or can be presented on your phone, such as the email result from your test provider. Test results will need to clearly show the type of test (Antigen, RT-PCR, or NAAT), testing location/provider’s name, a negative result, the guest’s name, and the date and time the test was taken. Costs associated with this test are the guests' responsibility.

International guests residing outside of the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada departing on cruises from U.S. ports:

 

  • All fully COVID-19 vaccinated guests are required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before the ship’s embarkation. MSC Cruises may provide additional testing, if necessary, at the terminal during embarkation or on board to protect our guests and crew.
  • Be certain to follow testing requirements based on the dates above.
  • All guests not fully vaccinated based on the dates above, are required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to ship embarkation. These guests will undergo an additional COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to embarkation provided by MSC Cruises, free of charge. The only exception is that no pre-embarkation or embarkation testing is required for guests under 2 years of age.
     

GENERAL INFORMATION

- Can I cruise if I reside outside of the U.S.?

Before booking your cruise, please click HERE to check if your country of residence is allowing guests to cruise in your selected destination.

ONBOARD MEDICAL SERVICES

- What happens if there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on board?

The precautionary health and safety steps in the protocols are designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission on board. If someone should fall sick, we have a fully equipped onboard 24/7 Medical Center with highly qualified medical staff who are fully trained for COVID-19 treatment and who are supported by a 24/7 ashore medical team.

 

In case of flu-like symptoms, guests should immediately notify the Medical Center and free treatment will be provided. If the onboard medical team determines a suspected COVID-19 case, a comprehensive isolation procedure and response plan, including contact tracing, will be activated in close cooperation with the health authorities.

- Have you agreed with specific ports that they will welcome your ships that have positive cases on board for medical assistance ashore?

Yes. As part of our comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocols, we have a contingency response plan in place with all the relevant authorities in the ports where the ships will call.

- Do you have certified COVID-19 tests on board your ships?

Yes. We have FDA and CDC approved COVID-19 testing reagents and equipment on board.

- How is each guests health monitored onboard?

All MSC Cruises ships are equipped with state-of-the-art medical services and an increased number of qualified medical staff onboard, supported by a dedicated 24/7 ashore Medical Team. We continuously monitor the health of our guests and crew with contactless temperature checks during the cruise; in case of flu-like symptoms, guests should immediately notify the Medical Center and free treatment will be provided.

DINE & DRINK

- How will the Main Dining experience change?

Our main dining restaurants will continue to serve our guests with a wide array of inspiring dishes and high-quality cuisine. We are modifying the seating layout to enable safe physical distancing, and guests will have the same table and waiter throughout their cruise for extra peace of mind.

 

We have enhanced the cleaning and disinfecting of all venues, providing appropriate protective equipment to all servers and increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations at all restaurants.

- Will the self-service at the buffet be available?

Self-service at the buffet restaurant is now available again.

- Will Specialty Restaurants be open?

Yes, our sought-after specialty restaurants will be open while operating at a reduced capacity to comply with the precautionary health and safety measures. Reservations are available at the time of booking or by logging in after you've made your booking. Keep in mind, you can save up to 15% vs. onboard prices!

- Will there be any changes to the bars and lounges?

Our bars will be open and ready to serve our guests with their favorite cocktail or aperitif.

- How can I pre-book my drinks or restaurants onboard?

You can save time by personalizing your cruise before getting on board. Manage your booking online and easily add drink packages or dining experiences, book shore excursions with our special pre-cruise rates. 

- How can I get the restaurants and drinks menu at bars and restaurants?

For a contactless experience, guests will access restaurant and bar menus from their personal mobile device by scanning a QR code while on board. Before the cruise, MSC Cruises invites all guests to download the free MSC for Me app to browse all onboard restaurants, bars and lounges and to ensure a seamless onboard experience including making restaurant reservations.

ENTERTAINMENT, SERVICES & EXCURSIONS

- Will guests still be able to enjoy the theater shows and other activities? 

Guests may continue to enjoy our onboard award-winning entertainment.  Shows and activities will be pre-booked to manage the number of participants. 

- Will the Kids Club be open and what kind of kids’ activities will be available?

Our Kids Club and family activities will welcome kids and parents in a healthy and safe environment while ensuring a fun and enjoyable experience.

New measures include reduced capacity, a streamlined registration process, contactless temperature check and hand sanitization upon entry. We're adding new exciting activities and family game shows that will be available for booking up to one day in advance. Toys and water will be provided by our staff, while personal belongings are not permitted as an additional safety measure.

- Will you still have Spa and Fitness services available to guests? 

MSC Aurea Spa and Fitness facilities and services will be available* with enhanced health and sanitation measures, extended opening hours and reduced capacity in public spaces. Onboard services are subject to changes based on local regulations or other restrictions, in the context of the COVID-19 situation.

 

For health and comfort, guests will pre-book spa treatments, fitness sessions and thermal area visits by phone.

 

Fitness machines and equipment, spa areas and treatment rooms will be thoroughly disinfected after each use as well as deep-cleaned and disinfected every night.

 

All Spa staff have been trained on rigorous health and sanitation measures and will wear appropriate protective equipment.

 

*Due to the increased Health & Safety measures in order to grant a safe cruise for all our guests, all Thermal Area experiences are by appointment only. 

- Will guests be able to use the casino?

The casino remains fully functional under the new protocols with added disinfection and social distancing measures in place, including frequent disinfecting of chips, replacing playing cards on a regular basis and a reduced number of seats at gaming tables.

- Will there be any restrictions to visit some ports?

Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently. For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board. 

 

- Can I go ashore freely if my kids are not vaccinated?

  • Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. 
  • Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently.
  • For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore. Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.


Visit our Shore Excursion FAQ section for more information.