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Marella Cruises: Latest Covid vaccine, testing & face mask rules

Marella Cruises ships have been sailing for many months since the Covid pandemic but some of the rules implemented during the crisis remain in place – this is what you need to know.

Marella Cruises is a hugely popular cruise line that travelers have remained faithful to in a post-pandemic world, with new cruisers also trying out the TUI brand for the first time.

However, with passenger and crew health of key importance since the outbreak and the line continuing to operate at reduced capacity, there are still dos and don’ts that must be adhered to when cruising.

While many of the Covid rules have been relaxed, these are the Marella Cruises Covid restrictions you need to be aware of when it comes to vaccines, testing and face masks if you are sailing on any Marella cruises departing on or before September 30, 2022.

Note that these could ease further beyond this date so it’s important to always check the latest updates from TUI before you sail.

Marella Cruises Covid vaccine rules

Passengers aged 12 and over sailing with the TUI cruise line must be fully vaccinated for more than 14 days. You will need to bring proof of these jabs.

If you’re sailing on or before September 30, 2022, you’re aged 18 and over, and it’s been 270 days since your last dose of your complete vaccine course, you need to have had your booster at least seven days before sailing.

Children aged 11 and under don’t need to be fully vaccinated to sail with Marella Cruises.

Marella Cruises Covid testing rules

Anyone cruising with Marella Cruises needs to agree to be tested for Covid as, depending on destinations called at, you may need to be tested multiple times during the vacation.

Passengers will need to take one pre-boarding antigen (rapid flow) test ahead of their cruise, according to the current Marella Cruises Covid testing requirements.

These Covid tests can be purchased through Chronomics or Randox and must be taken before traveling to the airport, any time on the day before you’re due to fly.

However, little ones aged two and under are exempt from testing.

It’s worth noting that some destinations require unvaccinated children to test before arrival so be aware of local rules when you travel.

The good news is Marella Cruises will arrange these Covid tests free of charge onboard.

For details on destinations that require unvaccinated travelers to test before arrival, and itineraries affected, you can check TUI’s entry requirements table.

Marella Cruises face mask rules

Do you need to wear a face mask on Marella Cruises ships? The answer is no you don’t, Marella has relaxed its mask-wearing and social distancing protocols.

Marella Cruises’ website states: “We’ll be following local guidance in the destinations which means sometimes you’ll need to wear one to move around the ship, and sometimes you won’t.

“We ask that you continue to bring enough masks for your whole cruise, including any time ashore or at the airport – but you’ll only need to wear a mask if asked to by the crew. This guidance is subject to change at short notice.”

Note if your cruise calls at Italy you will need a face mask. Marella explains: “Italy currently have a strict FFP2 mask-wearing requirement.

“If your itinerary calls in at an Italian port, please bring FFP2 masks with you, or you can buy them onboard for £1 each.”

Marella Cruises Covid restrictions: What to do before you travel

Make sure your passport has at least six months validity left.

Buy comprehensive cruise travel insurance – and bring proof of this on your cruise.

Check the entry requirements for the country your cruise sets sail in and get tested and fill out a pre-departure form if this is required.

Set Sail

Treasures of the Mediterranean with Marella Cruises

Duration: 7 nights

Where: Palma, Majorca | Palamos, Spain | Ajaccio, Corsica | Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy | Naples (For Pompeii & Capri), Italy | Palermo, Sicily | Palma, Majorca

Ship: Marella Discovery 2

Price: £1,224 pp (Marella Cruises are all-inclusive as standard, including flights)

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Published 06.09.22