Royal Caribbean announces health protocols for cruises from Bahamas on Adventure of the Seas

In a week before Royal Caribbean begins departures on the Adventure of the Seas from the Bahamas, guests can now see what health protocols and changes to expect on board.

Adventure of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s first cruise ship to resume operations from North America. The cruise line announced these departures from outside the United States in March to circumvent the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bans on cruise ships.

Adventure of the Seas will be offering cruises from Nassau, Bahamas, starting June 12, and will include two consecutive days on the cruise company’s private island.

To date, the protocols and requirements to protect guests from Covid-19 were not known, but the cruise line has released them for guests booked on Adventure of the Seas between June 12 and September 11, 2021.

The full logs for Adventure of the Seas can be found here on-line.

check in

As reported by for the first time, check-in for the cruise takes place at the British Colonial Hilton Resort in Nassau, as there is no suitable cruise terminal for check-in in the port.

A free shuttle from the Hilton to the cruise ship is provided.

Free baggage collection is available when exiting customs at Nassau Airport. Bags must be appropriately labeled with Royal Caribbean luggage tags.

Wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

Vaccine requirements

For cruises departing from Nassau before August 1, 2021

Guests aged 16 and over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Guests under the age of 16 must be vaccinated at this time.

For cruises departing from Nassau on or after August 1, 2021

The age requirement changes from 16 to 12 years. Guests aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Vaccinated guests must bring the original proof of vaccination (such as a US CDC Vaccination Card) issued by their government health department and be ready to present it on board.

Documentation checklist

  • Bahamas Health Travel Visa
  • RT-PCR negative test results for unvaccinated guests aged 10 and over
  • Proof of complete vaccination
  • Passport book
  • Health form


Guests under the minimum age will receive a SARS Cov-2 test before boarding.

Unvaccinated guests

Before traveling to the Bahamas

  • All unvaccinated guests aged 11 and over must arrange and perform an RT-PCR test at their own expense no later than 5 days prior to their arrival in the Bahamas. This test is required by the Bahamas to enter the country.

Boarding day in the Bahamas

  • All unvaccinated young guests aged 2 and over complete a free SARS-CoV-2 test on boarding day in the cruise check-in hotel in Nassau. Registration instructions will be sent to the adult guest upon reservation prior to the cruise.

Before returning home

  • We are planning a free SAR-CoV-2 rapid test on the 6th day of the cruise for all unvaccinated young guests from the age of 2.
    • This test result meets both the Bahamas Day 5 travel requirements and the requirements for international air travelers returning to the United States and Canada.

Guests under 2 years

  • Guests under 2 years of age have no test requirements.

Vaccinated guests

No pre-cruise testing requirements.

Royal Caribbean is running a free trial on the 6th day of the cruise so guests can return to their home country.

Ship and Perfect Day at CocoCay rules

Vaccinated guests

Unvaccinated guests

  • Outside: There is no mask requirement in open air areas on board the ship or on Perfect Day at CocoCay unless you are in a crowded area. Masks are not allowed in the pool or during activities that could get them wet.
  • Inside: Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces on board the ship unless you are actively sitting and eating or drinking. There is no mask requirement in your cabin as long as you are traveling with your own travel group.
  • In public ports: Local mask and distance regulations in public ports of call must be observed.
  • Guests under 2 years do not have to wear a mask at any time.

Guests under 2 years of age are not required to wear a mask.


  • Seat spacing and reservations are desirable.

Reservations for the main dining room and tall ship can be made on board using the Royal Caribbean app or by calling the reservation number.

The tall ship will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by the crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils.

If you’d like to dine with other parties during your cruise, it’s easy to link your bookings by calling us at 866-562-7625.


  • Seating at a distance
  • Reduced capacity
  • More show times

In the harbour

All guests are free to visit any port, but must comply with all local health and safety requirements.

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