UPDATE: Beginning with 3/26/22 departures, vaccinations against COVID-19 – including a Booster shot – are NOW required for all travelers and Vantage associates (ship crew, Expedition Team, Cruise Directors, Program Managers, etc.). For additional information, click here or visit our Safe Travels Initiative page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel with Vantage?
Yes, Vantage now requires all guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — including a booster shot — at least 14 days prior to departure. Upon arrival at your destination, you will be asked to produce your vaccine card displaying your name, vaccine type, and the date of your doses. We recommend that you keep a picture of it on your phone and carry extra photocopies as back up in case it becomes lost or damaged. For more information on our updated health and safety protocols, click here.
Will the Vantage crew and associates be vaccinated?
Yes, all Vantage associates are required to be fully vaccinated — including a booster shot — against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to joining you on your journey.
Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to travel with Vantage?

For the safety of all guests and crew, Vantage has implemented the following COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers:

  • Ocean Explorer and Ocean Odyssey (all journeys): Upon embarkation, all guests will be required to take a complimentary antigen test, provided by Vantage
  • River Splendor (European river journeys): Travelers are required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 3 days prior to travel, or within 1 day of departure from the U.S. for an Antigen test. Vantage will facilitate onsite tests for border crossings and re-entry into the United States. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of testing
  • All other journeys: It is strongly recommended that you check entry requirements for the countries you will visit on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
What is the Vantage Health Declaration?
All travelers are required to submit a Wellness Declaration form to their tour leader upon arrival. Click here to print or download the form, fill it out, and bring it with you on your journey.
Will I be required to wear a face mask on the tours?
Yes. For the safety and well-being of all Vantage guests, crew, and shoreside associates, masks will be required while in public areas of the ship and while ashore during excursions.
What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while on tour?
A traveler with a positive COVID-19 test will be safely and comfortably quarantined, whether onboard a river or ocean ship or traveling by land. If this occurs onboard, the traveler will disembark when possible for quarantine at an appropriate facility onshore. In all instances, a second test will be performed to confirm the first. If the second test is positive for COVID-19, we’ll make arrangements for the guest to recover in their quarantine location before they return home.
What happens if someone falls ill while on tour?
Our tour leaders are trained to look out for the key symptoms and have power to isolate the guest(s) from the group and ensure they receive medical attention. There will be a doctor onboard all Ocean Explorer and Ocean Odyssey cruises who can assess travelers as needed.

If there is an instance of someone on tour falling ill, Vantage will follow a specific protocol to ensure the health and safety of both the affected traveler and the rest of the guests onboard.
What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 after they return home? Will Vantage notify all tour participants?
Yes, if Vantage receives a notification that a traveler became ill within 14-days from the time they returned home, we will notify the other participants. The name of that person will not be disclosed. Should we learn that a Vantage associate on your tour became ill during that time, we would notify travelers on that departure as well.
Will Vantage assist guests in arranging a COVID test prior to returning home to the USA?
Yes. Vantage will facilitate tests for border crossings during journeys as well as for re-entry to the United States.
Is COVID covered under trip insurance?
Yes, our Travel Protection Plan helps protect you from many unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, which could include necessary medical, quarantine or repatriation expenses related to COVID-19. For more information about the Travel Protection Plan, please visit Allianz Global Assistance.
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