Europe Sailings Questions & Answers

Everything you need to know about current health protocols on sailings from Europe.

Updated September 9, 2021

Your health and safety are our highest priorities.
Our 2021 cruises are available for guests who have ALL of the following:

• Received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise
• Proof of vaccination
• Negative COVID-19 Test ⁠— Holland America Line will administer a complimentary rapid COVID-19 test at the cruise terminal prior to embarkation. 

We recommend all guests take a viral test within 3 days of travel to avoid travel disruptions associated with a positive result. In addition, We are conducting mandatory COVID-19 antigen testing at the pier pursuant to the EU Healthy Gateways Protocols. This test will be complimentary, and a negative result will satisfy our new testing requirements. Please find additional information on health protocols and FAQs below.

Download Europe Cruise Protocols PDF

Planning & Cruise Preparation

Plan ahead. Find questions and answers on testing, vaccine and document requirements for sailings from Europe.



Below you’ll find answers to everything you need to know about required COVID-19 vaccines when sailing from ports in Europe.


COVID-19 Testing

Read on for information on COVID-19 testing, including specific requirements for cruises from Europe.


Boarding the Ship

Get ready to board. Find commonly asked questions about the embarkation process on cruises from Europe.


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