Norwegian Cruise Line's Commitment to Health and Safety

Please read for Norwegian Cruise Line's new policies regarding their commitment to the health and safety of guests.


You want to sail. We want to keep you safe. So, before we go, we need to chart a course for health and safety. After all, the health and safety of our guests, crew and communities we visit have always been our number one priority. That's why we've engaged leading public health experts to make sure cruising is leading in vacation safety on water or land. All to get you back to sailing safely, so you can Feel Free.


With a science backed plan and expert guidance, we've developed our comprehensive and multi-layered Sail Safe health and safety protocols that span the entire cruise journey. We will continue to constantly evaluate these protocols as science, technology and our knowledge of the virus evolve and will provide guests with all relevant information, including any changes to protocols prior to setting sail. These protocols focus on three key pillars:


- Safety for our Guests & Crew
- Safety Aboard our Ships
- Safety Ashore 


We have developed a comprehensive and multi-layered set of health and safety protocols that span the entire cruise journey, guided by the expert advice from our Healthy Sail Panel. We will continuously refine and improve these protocols as science, technology and our knowledge of the virus improve and will provide guests with all relevant information or any changes to protocols prior to setting sail.


Safety for our Guests and Crew 


Mandatory Vaccinations Against Covid-19 on Initial Voyages

All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to departure, in order to board. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all sailings embarking through October 31, 2021- we will follow the science to make determinations on requirements for all other future sailings.


Universal testing & Pre-Embarkation Protocols

All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by the cruise line, prior to boarding and receive a negative result. Guests are also responsible for complying with all local health and safety requirements which may include additional testing.


Socially Responsible Check-In

We’ve designed an enhanced, staggered embarkation process and new check-in system to streamline check in for guests by allowing documents to be signed electronically.


Face Coverings

Face coverings are currently required for guests while indoors except for in their own accommodations and while eating and drinking in restaurants, bars and lounges or outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.


Controlled Guest Capacity

We will initially control the guest capacity onboard each ship to provide even more space for responsible physical distancing. We have also increased spacing in dining and entertainment venues and other onboard spaces.


Contactless Food Service Ship-Wide

Contactless food and beverage service will be provided across all ships with service staff stationed ship-wide, including all restaurants and lounges.


Hand Sanitation

All guests will be required to engage in frequent handwashing and hand sanitizer will be prominently placed and easily accessible throughout the ship.


Safety Aboard Our Ships 

Continuous Ship-Wide Cleaning & Disinfection Measures

Comprehensive enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols, using EPA approved disinfectants, have been implemented throughout the cruise experience.


Upgraded Medical-Grade Air Filters

We are strategically installing medical-grade air filters of the highest filtration grade, MERV 13 or HEPA, capable of removing 99.9% of airborne pathogens, including COVID-19, and implementing new bi-polar ionization technology.


Enhanced Onboard Medical Teams & Health Services

We have improved our onboard medical capabilities with additional staffing relative to capacity and enhanced facilities including new and upgraded equipment and onshore medical institution partnerships.


Dedicated Public Health Officer

All ships will sail with a dedicated Public Health Officer on board that will oversee the day-to-day sanitation and cleanliness of all public areas and accommodations.



Safety Ashore 

Strategic Itinerary Development & Shore Partners

We constantly monitor the health environment across the globe and will modify or cancel itineraries to affected areas as needed.


Partners in Prevention

We’re partnering with our local destinations and tour operators to extend our comprehensive health & safety protocols to shore.


Beyond the Port

Guests are free to explore ports of call on their own, according to protocols in each specific port, and can purchase shore excursions as they wish.


Mobilization & Response 

Contact Tracing

If a positive case of COVID-19 occurs, we have various contact tracing methodologies to identify and notify those who may have been exposed.



Dedicated isolation and quarantine accommodations will be available if needed.


Debarkation Scenarios

We have developed a thorough mobilization and response plan focused on providing medical treatment, collaborating with local authorities and coordinating safe passage home for all guests and crew should the need arise. We have also established relationships with onshore medical institutions and enhanced our telemedicine consultation capabilities.


With Norwegian Cruise Line you can cruise without a schedule, cruise the way you want, to almost anywhere in the world. A wide-range of dining options await to indulge everyone's tastes buds, at all hours of the day or night. Get pampered at the spa. Get your heart racing at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Catch a Broadway calibre show. Enjoy a cocktail at one the dozens of bars & lounges or get your groove on till the wee hours. Norwegian's award-winning ships are designed for you to enjoy as you choose while cruising to beautiful destinations around the world. Take to the sea and find out what it means to Feel Free.

Terms & Conditions

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