The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Booked guests will be provided full details before sailing.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will continue to operate vaccinated (*with some exceptions) cruises departing from the Port of Palm Beach with enhanced protocols. Not only are we following the latest CDC guidelines but have taken additional safety and protective measures to provide you with a safe, healthy, and fun microvacation. As the state of COVID-19 evolves, we will adapt our protocols based on public health advisories.
The CDC requires masks to be worn in all transportation hubs including the cruise terminal. Masks are optional onboard for fully vaccinated guests, and recommended, when social distancing is not possible.
Vaccinated Guests must provide proof of vaccination (2-dose series or single dose at least 14 days prior to departure date) and be tested at the port prior to boarding. 14-day period does not apply to guests with a booster shot.
Unvaccinated Guests must provide a PCR negative test result, taken not more than 2-days prior to embarkation and be tested at the port prior to boarding.
Unvaccinated Guests under 2yrs old have no Vaccination or Testing requirements.
*Documentation of Recovery: Guests (3yrs and older) may embark and sail without testing or vaccination if he/she provides documentation that he/she has recovered from Covid-19 not more than 90 days but not less than 10 days prior to the departure date (not counting departure date). Simply present a positive Covid-19 test result from a CDC approved testing facility dated within the timeframe specified.
All forms of vaccination proof are acceptable (Original card, phone, or paper copy). Guests who are unable or unwilling to show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery documentation, will be denied boarding.
Fully Vaccinated Guests (2 shots or 1 J&J shot): If testing prior to arrival at the port, must provide a negative test not more than two (2) days prior to departure or be tested at the port.
Up to Date Vaccinated Guests (2 shots or 1 J&J shot + booster): If testing prior to arrival at the port, must provide a negative test not more than three (3) days prior to departure or be tested at the port.
Cruise and Stay and One-Way Guests, Fully and Up to Date Vaccinated testing policy applies both during exit and re-entry into the US. In addition, these guests must provide a copy of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa before boarding.
Guests who are unable to provide a copy of the Travel Health Visa will be denied boarding as per Bahamian Government mandate. Visit https://travel.gov.bs/ for Travel Health Visa requirements and application details.
Bahamian residents and citizens travelling one-way do not required a Bahamian Travel Health Visa. All guests MUST however meet vaccination and testing guidelines. Failure to comply will result in boarding denial.
The CDC accepts all vaccines authorized by the FDA and the World Health Organization.
The World Health Organization has evaluated that the following vaccines against COVID-19 have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy:
For more information regarding vaccines, Covid-19 guidelines, and advisories, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
THE BAHAMAS ENRTY REQUIREMENTS:
Travel Documents Checklist: Passport Books or Passport Cards for are strongly recommended, but not required. Passports must be valid thru the day of return. US requires passports be valid for a minimum of 6-months from return date. Original or certified US Birth Certificate with valid US driver’s license are accepted when passports are not available. Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) from Michigan, New York, Vermont, Minnesota, and Washington states, is also acceptable. For the most updated information about the Bahamas entry requirements please visit: https://travel.gov.bs/
CRUISE & STAY and ONE-WAY GUESTS:
Leaving from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island: Cruise & Stay and One-Way guests to reenter and enter the United States must show proof of vaccination and must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Test cannot be older than two (2) days prior to travel for those with 2-vaccine shots and not more than three (3) days for those with 2-vaccine shots + booster. Guests can contact the front desk of their resort to arrange for the test or register for your test in Grand Bahama Island by visiting https://www.doctorshosp.com/covid-testing
CRUISE READY RECAP:
Boarding Day: We’ve designed an enhanced, staggered check-in and embarkation to streamline the process at the terminal. Guests who arrive early will be able to begin boarding commences. Guests who arrive late will need to wait until we can work them into another group. Remember, masks are required at the terminal, from valet parking to embarkation and while indoors on the ship, unless actively eating and/or drinking
Shore Excursions: Be sure to check out our selection of shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to align our health protocols and guidance. You can reserve your shore excursion by calling (800) 374-4363 or at the terminal before boarding.
Local Bahamian Regulations: When disembarked in Grand Bahama all guests are require to observe all local laws, rules and regulations; including but not limited all local mask and physical distancing regulations that are in place. During onshore excursions, your local guide will let you know if/when a mask is required.
Onboard the Ship: As we return to the sea, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is sailing with fewer guests on board, letting you ease back into your getaway.
Dining: As all dining venues will offer socially distanced seating; it is strongly encouraged that you make reservations in advance for your onboard dining. You can reserve a table at our specialty dining venues before your cruise by emailing email@example.com or at the terminal before boarding.
Entertainment: All entertainment venues will offer socially distanced seating.
Before booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at cdc.gov/travel/notices. If a certain threshold level of COVID-19 is detected onboard the ship during your voyage, the voyage will end immediately, the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted and/or delayed. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries.