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Which Cruise Lines Require That Kids Be Vaccinated?

As many cruise lines drop their restriction against unvaccinated kids and begin welcoming them onboard, questions continue to arise on each cruise lines’ policy concerning whether kids need the vaccine to sail.

We’ve put together this list of the major cruise lines in North America and their policies on kids being able to sail with or without the COVID-19 vaccine. This information is accurate at the time of publishing on March 25, 2022. Check with your cruise line for the latest information.

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Azamara

All passengers must be fully vaccinated to sail, including kids. As well, any guests — including kids — that are eligible for their booster dose are required to have it.

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Carnival Cruise Line

Unvaccinated kids under five are permitted to sail without needing to apply for an exemption from Carnival. Unvaccinated kids five and older must apply for an exemption.

To sail without needing to apply for an exemption, kids five and older should be fully vaccinated. Booster shots are not required.

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Celebrity Cruises

All passengers who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated to sail; this include guests ages 12 and older. Starting April 15, 2022, the threshold will drop; at that point, all guests ages 5 and older must be vaccinated to sail.

Unvaccinated kids under five are also welcome to cruise with Celebrity.

Booster shots are not required.

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Cunard

Through at least April 17, 2022 for Queen Mary 2 and May 14, 2022 for Queen Elizabeth, no one who is unvaccinated is permitted to sail, including kids.

Booster shots are not required.

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Disney Cruise Line

All passengers who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated to sail; this include guests ages five and older. Unvaccinated kids under five are permitted to sail.

Booster shots are not required.

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Holland America Line

All passengers who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated to sail; this include guests ages five and older. Unvaccinated kids under five are permitted to sail.

Booster shots are not required.

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MSC Cruises

Through April 22, all kids 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to sail. Starting April 23, all kids 5 and older must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated kids under these ages are allowed to sail.

Booster shots aren’t required.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

All guests 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to sail. Unvaccinated kids under 12 are also allowed to cruise on Norwegian.

Booster shots are not required.

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Oceania Cruises

All kids must be vaccinated to sail with Oceania Cruises. Those who are not old enough to get the vaccine are not permitted to sail.

Booster shots aren’t required.

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Princess Cruises

All passengers who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated to sail; this include guests ages five and older. Unvaccinated kids under five are permitted to sail without an exemption.

Booster shots are not required.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

All kids must be vaccinated to sail with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Those who are not old enough to get the vaccine are not permitted to sail.

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Royal Caribbean

All guests 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to sail. Unvaccinated kids under 12 are permitted to sail.

Booster shots are not required.

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Seabourn

All passengers who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated to sail; this include guests ages five and older. Unvaccinated kids under five are permitted to sail.

Booster shots aren’t required.

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