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future cruise credit.

Future cruise credit: elimination of expiration dates

As of September 30, 2022, future cruise credits that remain unused, and were issued because a cruise was cancelled by Cunard due to COVID-19, will be valid indefinitely, giving you even more time to use it for a future voyage of your choice. Your FCC will now be available for you to use indefinitely.


Remember! If you are traveling as a family or group you must notify your travel agent at least one month prior to your cruise departure.

NEW HEALTH PROTOCOLS.

As we prepare to return to sea, we’re combining over 180 years’ experience with the expertise of foremost accredited scientists, medical professionals and government advisors to deliver the signature Cunard holiday you expect.

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Enhanced well-being measures at a glance.

To help you to feel comfortable throughout your voyage, we’ve introduced enhanced health and well-being measures to protect everyone on board. These include:

  • A vaccination and testing policy for all guests and crew.
  • Health screening at the cruise terminal.
  • Enhanced on-board ventilation systems to improve and increase filtration and fresh air.
  • High levels of cleanliness and enhanced sanitation.
  • Plans in place to manage your medical needs, including isolation and quarantine (should this be required).


Our enhanced well-being measures can evolve as we work with experts and government bodies to respond to the latest advice, but rest assured our focus is always to protect the health and well-being of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit.

VACCINATION POLICY.

For future cruises.


We have made some recent changes to our vaccination policy, and in addition self-testing prior to travel has changed from ‘mandatory’ to ‘highly recommended’ for vaccinated guests on our standard Cunard voyages.

However, some voyages have enhanced testing requirements due to the length of cruise, ports of call, or the ship’s onward destination.

Please note, we have only categorised voyages departing up to and including 1 March 2023  on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and up to and including 21 March 2023 for voyages departing on Queen Mary 2.

The vaccination and testing policy for voyages departing after these dates will be published in due course. Although it may change, it is our intention that voyages from 23 April onwards on-board Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 and voyages from 8 June on board Queen Elizabeth will not require guests to be vaccinated unless there are specific country or voyage requirements in place at the time of sailing.

Requirements for standard voyages.



Covid-19 vaccinations required

Covid-19 test recommended

(to be taken within 3 days of sailing)

Fully vaccinated*

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)

Booster recommended if eligible

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Guests aged 18 years and over
Children aged five-17 years
Children aged four years and under

  • For your voyage all guests aged 18 years and over need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved Covid-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel.
  • Guests aged 17 years and under are not required to be vaccinated.
  • Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding. 
  • While testing is no longer mandatory, we highly recommend that all guests aged 5 years and over, take a Covid‑19 lateral flow/antigen test in the three days before, or on the day of departure.

These requirements apply to the following cruises:


Código de viajeFecha de salidaBarco
M24015 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M240A15 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M240B15 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M30122 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M301A22 December 2022Queen Mary 2
V30123 December 2022Queen Victoria
V301A23 December 2022Queen Victoria
V3027 January 2023Queen Victoria
V302A7 January 2023Queen Victoria
Código de viajeFecha de salidaBarco
M24015 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M240A15 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M240B15 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M30122 December 2022Queen Mary 2
M301A22 December 2022Queen Mary 2
V30123 December 2022Queen Victoria
V301A23 December 2022Queen Victoria
V3027 January 2023Queen Victoria
V302A7 January 2023Queen Victoria

voyages with aditional requirements



Covid-19 vaccinations required for voyages with enhanced requirements

Covid-19 test required

(to be organised by the guest and taken before travelling to the embarkation terminal)

Fully vaccinated*

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)

Plus booster if eligible^

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Guests aged 18 years and over
Children aged 12-17
Children aged 5-11
Children aged 4 years and under


  • Guests aged 18 years and over, must be fully vaccinated* with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine plus, a single booster vaccination if eligible^ a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A second booster vaccination is not required.
  • All guests aged 12-17 years need to be fully vaccinated*, with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine, a minimum of 14 days before travelling. They do not require a booster.
  • Guests under 12 years of age do not need to be vaccinated but please note the testing requirements below.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.


For your voyage all guests are required to take a self-administered Rapid-Antigen (RAT)/Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of embarkation OR a PCR test within 48 hours prior to embarkation. You will be required to declare your negative result to travel and may be asked to show appropriate proof of your negative test result.

Please note, testing facilities will not be available at the terminal.

The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative Covid-19 test:

  • For Rapid Antigen (RAT)/Lateral Flow results:

One (1) photo which shows all together, the Rapid Antigen (RAT)/ Lateral Flow negative test result, government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) a clock displaying the time (e.g. a watch, mobile phone, wall clock) and date of testing written on a piece of paper.

Ensure that you have this photo with you as you may be asked to show it upon request.

  • For PCR results:

The text message received from the relevant laboratory or health authority which confirms the Travel Covid-19 PCR test result.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.

Additional measures, such as complimentary mandatory testing on board, may be introduced during your sailing as we continue to work with our experts and with government bodies across all the destinations we call at. Rest assured, our focus is always to protect the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew and the communities we visit.

These requirements apply to the following cruises:

Voyage codeDeparture dateShip



V30520 January 2023Queen Victora
V305A20 January 2023Queen Victora
V305B20 January 2023Queen Victora
M3042 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M304A2 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M304B2 February 2023Queen Mary 2
V3067 February 2023Queen Victoria
V306A7 February 2023Queen Victoria
M30514 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M305A14 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M305B14 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M30623 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M306A23 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M306B23 February 2023Queen Mary 2
M306C23 February 2023Queen Mary 2
V3071 March 2023Queen Victora
V307A1 March 2023Queen Victora
V307B1 March 2023Queen Victora
V307C1 March 2023Queen Victora
M30712 March 2023Queen Mary 2
M307A12 March 2023Queen Mary 2
M307B12 March 2023Queen Mary 2
M307C12 March 2023Queen Mary 2
M30821 March 2023Queen Mary 2
M308A21 March 2023Queen Mary 2
M308B21 March 2023Queen Mary 2

australia & new zealand voyages


Covid-19 vaccinations required

Covid-19 test required

(to be organised by the guest and taken before travelling to the embarkation terminal)

Fully vaccinated*

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)

Plus booster if eligible^

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Guests aged 18 years and over
Children aged 12-17 years
Children aged 5-11 years
Children aged 4 years and under


  • Guests aged 18 years and over, must be fully vaccinated* with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine plus , a booster vaccination if eligible^ a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A second booster vaccination is not required.
  • All guests aged 12-17 years need to be fully vaccinated*, with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine, a minimum of 14 days before travelling. They do not require a booster.
  • Guests under 12 years of age do not need to be vaccinated but please note the testing requirements below.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.


For your voyage all guests embarking in Australia are required to take a self-administered Rapid-Antigen Test (RAT)/Lateral Flow within 24 hours of embarkation OR a PCR test within 48 hours prior to embarkation. You will be required to declare your negative result to travel and may be asked to show appropriate proof of your negative test result.

The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative Covid-19 test:

  • For Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)/Lateral Flow results:

One (1) photo which shows all together the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)/Lateral Flow negative test result, government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) a clock displaying the time (e.g. a watch, mobile phone, wall clock) and date of testing written on a piece of paper.

Ensure that you have this photo with you as you may be asked to show it upon request.

  • For PCR results:

The text message received from the relevant laboratory or health authority which confirms the Travel Covid-19 PCR test result.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.

 Additional measures, such as complimentary mandatory testing on board, may be introduced during your sailing as we continue to work with our experts and with government bodies across all the destinations we call at. Rest assured, our focus is always to protect the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew and the communities we visit.

other matters

in the event of testing positive before boarding

The definition of "fully vaccinated".

*The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed an approved (by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),  or the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) two-dose Covid-19 vaccination course, or the approved single-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.

Voyages with enhanced requirements will also require guests to have a booster vaccination if eligible^.  

^ Please check your government website for details on booster eligibility.


Requirements for going ashore.

At the time of travel, some ports of call may stipulate specific vaccine or testing requirements for guests going ashore that differ from this policy. 

If guests choose to embark one of our ships at a port outside of their home country, it is their responsibility to ensure they meet all entry requirements for that country at the time of sailing. Cunard cannot accept responsibility if a guest is denied entry to a country because they do not meet its entry requirements.

Once on board, testing may be required to go ashore in various destinations on our itineraries. These tests will be available to purchase on board (at a cost of $25 per antigen test per person and $35 per PCR test per person). Currently, the majority of ports we will be visiting this year do not require entry testing. Destinations may also have various documentation requirements. Guests are responsible for meeting the entry requirements of each destination, but we will be happy to guide guests through all testing and documentation needs on board.

This vaccination and testing policy is reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve.


Pre-embarkation testing at your cruise terminal.

Please note, for some departure ports an additional Covid-19 test organised and taken before embarkation may be required at the cruise terminal. 

This is separate to the pre-cruise testing you may have to do yourself at home before you sail. Please check the policies outlined in the sections above, and see which level of requirements apply to your voyage.


Optional testing.

Prior to travelling to the terminal, if you’re displaying symptoms of Covid-19, please do a lateral flow test and only come to the terminal if the result is negative.

Please contact your travel insurance provider at your earliest convenience to claim for any associated loss. The booking confirmation issued at the time of booking serves as proof of the holiday cost. We encourage you to keep hold of all booking documentation to assist you with your claim.


Approved vaccines.

Regardless of the port of embarkation, all guests aged 12 and over must have completed an approved (by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) two-dose or single-dose Covid-19 vaccination course 14+ days before travel.

Currently approved vaccines are:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, including formulations Vaxzevria or Covishield
  • Moderna (Spikevax ) vaccine, including formulation Moderna Takeda
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin
  • Comirnaty
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen.

Guests aged 18 years and over, must be fully vaccinated* with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine plus, a single booster vaccination if eligible^ a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A second booster vaccination is not required.

Guests who travel internationally are responsible to ensure that they meet all entry requirements to travel from their home country and the destinations they plan to visit, including where health authorities may require pre-travel Covid-19 testing. If you embark the ship at a port outside of the UK, please ensure that you meet all entry requirements for that country at the time of sailing. For more information on our embarkation ports, visit our At the terminal page.

Details continue to be updated regularly; official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources. 

We cannot accept responsibility if you are denied entry to a country because you do not meet its entry requirements and or, you are required to quarantine.


Proof of your vaccination status.

If you’re travelling on a voyage with additional requirements, you’ll be required to show proof of your vaccination status at the terminal prior to boarding, which will also be checked against your photo ID. This can be either in printed or digital format (a screenshot is fine) and must be an official certificate of vaccine status issued by your local health authority (e.g. NHS England). Please visit your relevant NHS or local health authority website for full details of how to obtain an official record of your vaccine status in advance of your holiday (please note that some authorities require up to 10 days to process applications to receive postal certificates).

Please note that the record card that is given out at the time of vaccination will not be accepted as proof of your vaccination status. Unfortunately, failure to provide proof of vaccination at the terminal will result in denial of boarding at your own expense.

During your voyage, destinations and venues ashore on your itinerary may have various documentation requirements. You’re responsible for meeting the entry requirements of each destination and any venues you may visit ashore, regardless of whether you’ve booked a Cunard shore experience or are exploring independently. Please retain your proof of vaccination status throughout your holiday and keep this to hand when going ashore in case it is required.

Please visit the following websites for more information relating to the acceptable formats for proof of vaccination:


In the event of testing positive before boarding.

If you test positive for Covid-19 within 7 days of your voyage or are not permitted to travel following completion of the Health Declaration at the terminal, you will unfortunately not be allowed to travel. Travel insurance, including cover for Covid-19, is a requirement at the time of sailing, so we highly recommend this is arranged at the time of booking your holiday. Please contact your travel insurance provider at your earliest convenience to claim for any associated loss.

The booking confirmation issued at the time of booking serves as proof of the holiday cost. We encourage you to keep hold of all booking documentation to assist you with your claim. If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us or your travel agent.


In the event of testing positive on board.

If you test positive for Covid-19 whilst on board, you will need to isolate for your well-being and the well-being of other guests*.

We’ll make sure you’re well looked after with full room service, a choice of three meals a day and a complimentary laundry service.

Close contacts of guests who test positive while on board are not required to go into isolation, but additional testing and other protocols, such as in stateroom dining, and mask wearing outside your stateroom, may apply.

As you’ve unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19, our duty of care means you will be unable to take your Cunard booked flight (if applicable). You will have the choice to either disembark the ship at your scheduled port of disembarkation (we do recommend you continue your isolation ashore) or stay on board to complete your period of isolation. Once you have tested negative you can disembark at the next port of call. You will need to liaise with your insurers to book and pay for any alternative accommodations, flights and transfers.

Our dedicated medical teams will also be on hand to take care of you, either for the duration of your required isolation period or until your scheduled port of disembarkation.

Any instances of positive cases on board will be managed by our on board medical teams in conjunction with the local port authority to determine the best course of action.

If you’re required to disembark the ship for this reason, our dedicated support team will help you to contact your travel insurance provider.

All UK resident guests who test positive for Covid-19, and are in isolation on their return to Southampton, will be able to travel home to isolate after disembarkation.

Don’t forget, appropriate travel insurance remains a requirement to travel. Please visit our insurance page to find out more. 

*Per our booking conditions it is mandatory to have travel insurance with Covid-19 cover. If you unfortunately test positive during your holiday, you should let your insurance company know immediately and keep them updated throughout your period of isolation.

GUEST AND CREW WELL-BEING.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of health, safety and well-being for our guests, crew and the wider communities we visit.