Official protocols – subject to change prior to the October 2022 cruise.

Updated September 22, 2022


Will all passengers need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board?
For everyone’s safety and peace of mind, all guests must be fully vaccinated and provide proof prior to boarding. NO PROOF OF VACCINATION, NO SAIL.


Are Boosters required?
Boosters are strongly encouraged, as they protect against infections, severe illness, hospitalization and death.

Boosters may be required by certain health authorities on the itinerary or required on specific voyages. New vaccination entry requirements can change without notice, so we encourage all guests keep their vaccination status up to date.


If I am vaccinated, do I need to take a COVID-19 test prior to boarding?
Testing will not be a requirement, however it is highly recommended. For the safety of all onboard, we encourage taking a COVID test within 72 hours of cruising.


Can I explore the destinations independently?
PER HOLLAND AMERICA LINE: Keeping you safe on shore is one of our highest priorities. All ports welcome Holland America Line shore excursions and while some ports allow independent tours and self-exploration, others may require a shore excursion provided by Holland America Line to go ashore. Throughout your cruise, we constantly review all local health and safety guidelines to keep you informed and ready to explore safely.


Will masks be required indoors?
Masks are currently optional.


What other health and safety protocols will be in place?
PER THE HOLLAND AMERICA LINE WEBSITE: Guests will be encouraged to use hand-washing sinks and hand sanitizer dispensers at venue entrances and in high-traffic areas throughout the ship. Public areas and staterooms will be thoroughly and frequently cleaned using a safe disinfectant proven to kill coronaviruses. Ships will have enhanced air filtration with a combination of increased fresh air and upgraded HVAC units with MERV13 (F7) filters throughout. Medical centers will be equipped with COVID appropriate testing and treatment capabilities. Onboard Medical Centers will have HEPA filtration. We will promptly communicate to our guests any additional information we receive from the cruise line pertaining to health and safety protocols. Additional health and safety guidelines will be available on board and through the Holland America Line Navigator App.


If my home country requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for re-entry following my cruise, will Holland America Line administer and cover the cost of the test?
For countries where a guest requires a COVID-19 test to return home and can provide proof of flight within 24 hours, Holland America Line will provide a complimentary test.


How do I submit proof of vaccination?
It is no longer necessary to submit proof of vaccination in advance. Just be sure to bring the proof with you to the cruise terminal.