Covid protocols pre-cruise

Will guests be required to be fully vaccinated before being able to cruise with FOCL?
Yes, all guests aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated to join us on board.
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, plus your third booster, at check-in.  
Will it also be a requirement for your crew to be vaccinated?
Last year we introduced a crew vaccination programme for those working aboard our ships. As a result, 100% of our teams on Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral have now received two original doses of a vaccine, and the majority have now received their booster vaccination too. We have additional measures in place to keep our crew safe while this program is completed.
Do children need to be fully vaccinated to sail with you?
All children aged over 12 will need to have had both of their vaccinations within 9 months of their cruise, with at least 14 days since the date of their second dose. 
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.  
Will it be mandatory to have Covid cover and cruise specific travel insurance?
We already require all guests to have cruise specific travel insurance with repatriation cover, including airlift at sea.
Can I book consecutive (back to back) cruises?
Guests are able to book ‘back to back’ or consecutive sailings.
Will guests be required to be fully vaccinated before being able to cruise with FOCL?
Yes, all guests aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated to join us on board.  
I have had Covid-19 in the lead up to my cruise, but I have returned a negative result, can I still travel on my cruise?
From 8th July, all guests will need to bring proof of a negative test result, taken within 24 hours of your cruise departure, to show at check-in.  
I have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, will I still be able to travel?
To ensure the safety of all of our guests and crew on board, if you have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 within 7 days prior to your cruise, we are afraid you will not be able to sail with us.
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 for your health and safety and that of our guests and crew on board, we do require all guests to have received both doses of their vaccine before travelling with us.
I have taken part in a Government-approved vaccine trial – am I able to travel with you?
If you have taken part in Government-approved vaccine trial, please contact us before you make your booking.
Do children need to be fully vaccinated to sail with you?
All children aged over 12 will need to have had both of their vaccinations before joining us on board, with at least 14 days since the date of their second dose.
As all guests will be vaccinated, will I still need to be tested for Covid-19 to be able to cruise on your ships?
All guests aged 12 and over will be tested on their arrival at the port, prior to check-in, before joining the ship.  
With the travel requirements changing frequently, will you contact me before my cruise so I know what requirements apply to my sailing?
We will contact all guests approximately three weeks prior to departure with the most up-to-date information and guidance for your specific cruise.
Do I need to take a PCR or lateral flow test before arriving back into the UK?
Under the current guidance from the UK Government (updated on 5th January), you no longer need to take a pre-departure PCR or lateral flow test before returning to the UK.  
Do I need to have had a booster jab to be able to sail with you?
All guests must be fully vaccinated to join us on board. For adults, this includes two original doses, and a third booster dose. You must have had your booster at least seven days before your cruise sets sail.
Do I need to leave a certain amount of time after having my booster before I can sail with you?
We are asking all guests to allow at least seven days after having their booster vaccination before joining us on board.
Do I need to book a day 2 test for when I return to the UK?
From 11th February 2022, you will no longer need to take a day 2 test following your return to the UK. This change was announced in a Government update on 24th January.
We are travelling with a child who will only just have turned 12, and so not yet eligible for a second vaccine – will we still be able to travel?
All children aged over 12 must have received both doses of their vaccine within 9 months prior to travelling, with at least 14 days since the date of their second dose.
Last time I travelled I had to complete a Pre-Departure Health Questionnaire (PDHQ), Do I still need to complete one?
We no longer require guests to complete a Pre-Departure Health Questionnaire in the fortnight prior to your cruise departing.
Are you still conducting testing at the port?
From 8th July, in order to offer a quicker and more enjoyable check-in experience for our guests, we will no longer carry out pre-departure Covid-19 testing at part of the check-in process. All guests will be required to take their own Lateral Flow Test at home within 24 hours of the departure date of the cruise and bring the proof of a negative test result to show at check-in.
What will happen if I forget to bring proof of a negative result to the port?
From 8th July, if you arrive at the port without confirmation of a negative result, you will be asked to complete a test at the terminal, which will result in a delay at check-in. Testing at the terminal will be charged at £25 per test and will be added to your on board account.