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 year.
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 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.
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 and Borealis have now received two original doses of a vaccine, and a program to provide booster vaccinations is already underway
How long will your new vaccination policy be in force for?
We are regularly reviewing all of our onboard procedures, although expect this requirement to be in place until 31st March 2022.
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 - up to 1st April 2022.
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 must be fully vaccinated to join us on board.  
I have had Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to my cruise, but I have returned a negative result, can I still travel on my cruise?
To ensure the safety of all our guests and crew on board, we are asking all guests to allow at least 14 days following a negative test for those who have recently had Covid-19.
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 had Covid-19, or have cared for or been in contact with anyone with Covid within 14 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 also have to have 2 vaccinations to sail?
Our vaccine requirement extends to all guests due to join us on board, and as such that does include children, on sailings up to 1st April 2022.
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 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 book a day 2 test for when I return to the UK?
Anyone returning to the UK after Sunday, 9th January will still need to book a day 2 test, but this can be a cheaper, quicker lateral flow test as opposed to a PCR test.
Do I need to take a PCR or lateral flow test before arriving back into the UK?
From Friday, 7th January, you will not need to take a pre-departure test prior to your return back into the UK.
I am travelling this week and do not have a test arranged before I return to the UK, can I do this on board?
We understand that these changes have been made at short notice and you may not have been able to make these arrangements before travelling.
Are you working with a recommended Government-approved supplier for PCR tests?
You can buy Government-approved day two PCR tests from BUPA by following these steps:
What is the difference between the NHS PCR tests and the paid-for PCR tests from suppliers recommended by the Government?
There is no difference between the NHS tests and those that are required for travel. However, only PCR tests purchased from the Government’s recommended suppliers are approved for use for travel, so as to avoid added pressures to our NHS health care system.
When will children be able to sail with you again?
We are now able to accept booking for younger guests, aged between 2 and 17, for cruises departing from 1st April 2022, regardless of their vaccination status.
What is your Travel Ready Service?
Our Travel Ready Service helps add that extra bit of reassurance that we have got everything covered should any requirements change.
Do I need to have had a booster jab to be able to sail with you?
Yes, all guests must be fully vaccinated to join us on board. 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.