Covid protocols pre cruise

Will guests be required to be fully vaccinated before being able to cruise with FOCL?
Yes, it will be a requirement for all guests to be fully vaccinated to join us on board this summer.
Why have you changed your policy on this now?
Our utmost priority is always to protect the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew while they are on board with us.
How will I need to prove that I have been fully vaccinated?
You will be required to prove that you have had both of your vaccines at check-in.
Is there a period of time after my second vaccine that I must wait before being able to travel with you?
We are asking all guests to allow at least 14 days following the second dose of their vaccine before joining us on board.
I am not able to have the vaccine due to medical reasons – will I be able to sail with you?
We are very sorry, but to ensure the safety of all on board we will be requiring all guests to have received both doses of their vaccine before travelling with us.
Will it also be a requirement for your crew to be vaccinated?
We have introduced a crew vaccination programme for those working aboard our ships. We are working hard to have all of our crew vaccinated as soon as possible, and will continue to have regular testing and other protocols in place to keep guests and crew safe while this project continues.
How long will your new vaccination policy be in force for?
These requirements will be in place or all departures in 2021. We will then review the latest science and information available to us to decide if this will continue.
Does your vaccination policy include children?
Our vaccine requirement extends to all guests due to join us on board, and as such that does include children.
Now that all guests will be vaccinated, will I still need to be tested for Covid to be able to cruise on your ships?
All guests will be tested on their arrival at the port, prior to check-in, before joining the ship.
I am fully vaccinated, but I have an underlying health condition – can I take a cruise with you?
Anyone who is considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ as defined by the NHS must contact us before making any new bookings with us.
If everyone has been vaccinated, will I still need to wear a face mask while on board?
Based on the current Government guidelines for the cruise industry, all guests will have to wear a face mask when moving around inside the ship and where social distancing is not possible (we do ask for a mask, rather than a shield or covering).
I am exempt from wearing a face mask – will I still be able to cruise with you?
We understand that not everyone is able to wear a face mask on medical grounds.
Will I be able to wear another forms of face covering, such as a face shield?
We expect masks will need to be worn in areas of the ship where social distancing is not possible and when moving around the ship.
Will you be operating a ‘track and trace’ system or similar aboard your ships?
All guests will be provided with a ‘TraceSafe’ wearable tracing device at check-in.
Will it be mandatory to have Covid cover and cruise specific travel insurance?
We already require all guests to have cruise specific travel insurance, including repatriation cover.
If I am on a British Isles cruise, will I still need a valid passport to travel?
Yes, all guests will require a valid passport to sail on our ships.
I have an underlying health condition – can I take a cruise with you?
Anyone who is considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ as defined by the NHS must contact us before making any new bookings with us.
Will you be sailing with a reduced capacity aboard your ships?
When we resume sailing this summer, we will initially do so with a reduced capacity on each ship, to ensure plenty of space to comply with social distancing guidelines.
When will I be able to pre-book my shore tours?
We will send you a Journey guide with  all of the available shore excursions prior to your cruise setting sail, and you will be able to book these in advance of your cruise.
Will the itinerary for my cruise change if there is an outbreak at one of the destinations?
We will send you a Journey Guide with all of the available shore excursions prior to your cruise setting sail, and you will be able to book these in advance of your cruise.
What if one of the countries on my cruise goes onto the ‘red’ list?
We will only be sailing to countries on the ‘green’ and 'amber' list in accordance with the UK Government’s traffic light system.
What would my options be if my local area was put into a local lockdown and I was unable to travel?
We will comply with all Government guidelines at the time of our sailings. As a result, if you are unable to travel due to an enforced local lockdown in the area that you live, you will be able to transfer all monies paid onto another cruise setting sail within 12 months.
Can I book consecutive (back to back) cruises?
One of the benefits of making vaccinations compulsory is it means we are now able to offer ‘back to back’ or consecutive sailings.
Will you only be taking UK residents on your sailings?
We are delighted to be able to accept international guests on our cruises as long as they follow the current Government guidelines and have completed the relevant Passenger Locator Forms, PCR/ lateral flow tests and any required quarantine periods before joining the ship.