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Uniworld Security

WE'VE TAKEN CAREFUL MEASURES so you can travel without worry.

As an experienced traveler you are well informed, prepared and mindful. Uniworld approaches every cruise with that same thorough diligence. Stringent security and sanitation protocols onboard our ships are nothing new to us. They not only remain our top priorities but are being escalated as we face the current challenge. As we learn more from Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) we will look to adopt their health and safety recommendations and continue to update for your added peace of mind.

Health and safety assurance—always a priority for your cruise experience.


  • All outside doors and access to the interior of the ships are locked when docked. Only registered guests can access the ship using a key card.
  • All guests and luggage are verified against the manifest at check-in.
  • Guests have 24/7 access to the front desk.
  • Key card scanners with facial recognition are utilized at the gangway.
  • Cameras are present at the entrance of the ship and in public areas, and are monitored by our reception staff.
  • Trained security staff are posted at the gangway 24 hours a day.
  • Ships are patrolled by trained staff 24/7.
  • All deliveries are thoroughly inspected before being brought onboard.
*Note: Security features implemented on Uniworld owned and operated ships only. Security features may differ by itinerary.


COVID-19 FAQs: Before your cruise Expand all

Will I need to have had the COVID-19 vaccination to be allowed to travel with Uniworld?

Yes, all guests on Uniworld cruises or cruise/tours through 31 December 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel.

The health and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority. In keeping with our duty of care towards both, we have made the decision to require proof of full vaccination upon embarkation until further notice.

Additionally, many onshore venues in the countries we travel to, such as museums, restaurants and historical sites are now requiring proof of full vaccination in order to enter.

Young children who are not eligible to be vaccinated based on their age will be exempt from this vaccination requirement, however, they will be asked to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation.

What are the entry requirements for the countries I will visit?

Please note that guests will need to comply with any specific requirements imposed by airlines and/or governments, which may differ from the above and may include proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

All guests should follow the entry guidelines for travel to your destination which can be found on our Travel Requirements page. To use this page, enter your country of origin, the destination, and select Yes for the "COVID-19 vaccinated" option. Your airline may have additional requirements and should be consulted as well.

Note that Egypt currently requires a printed vaccination certificate that includes a QR code, OR a printed negative PCR COVID-19 test with either a QR code or the laboratory name visible, along with a health declaration, your passport and visa.

How can I show you that I have been vaccinated?

Upon embarkation, guests will be asked to present their original COVID-19 vaccination record to show full vaccination, with the final dose administered no less than two weeks prior to embarkation.

As individual cities, countries and onshore venues may also require proof of vaccination at any point during the trip, we highly recommend taking a picture of any paper vaccination record in case of loss of the original and bring any digital records that you may have been issued.

Please note that guests will also need to comply with any specific requirements imposed by airlines and/or governments, which may differ from the vaccine requirements listed above and may include proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. There are several resources available to help find this information, including the official government website for each country and the Travel Requirements section of the Uniworld website.

Will Uniworld be assisting with any mandatory testing required prior to, during or post cruise?

Any testing that is required prior to the start of the Uniworld cruise or cruise/tour will be the responsibility of the guest.

Certain countries may require COVID-19 tests mid-cruise. If a country we cruise in/through requires tests mid-cruise, Uniworld will facilitate testing onboard and cover those expenses.

Tests that are required onboard for the re-entry to a guest’s home country will be at the expense of the guest; however our onboard team will help facilitate those mandatory tests with as little impact as possible to the guest experience.

It is the responsibility of the guest to make sure they understand the specific requirements of the countries they are traveling to prior to their trip. There are several resources available to help find this information, including the official government website for each country as well as the Travel Requirements section of the Uniworld website.

What happens if someone on my cruise gets sick?

If a guest gets sick while traveling with Uniworld, we will need to evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis and follow the advice of local government and health authorities to determine whether or not the cruise will proceed. We will be on hand to facilitate any required distancing or testing and ultimately, we will take care of you and be with you every step of the way until you are on your flight home.

We strongly encourage our guests to obtain travel insurance to cover situations like these. Learn more here.

What happens if my destination still has travel restrictions by the departure date of my cruise?

In the event that this happens, we will reach out to impacted guests in advance of their cruise to assist in changing their travel plans.

In the current environment, travel requirements by country are fluid and can change at any time. It is important for guests to make sure they understand the specific requirements of the countries they are traveling to prior to their trip. There are several resources available to help find this information, including the official government website for each country as well as the Travel Requirements section of the Uniworld website.

In addition to vaccination and/or testing, what extra steps do I need to take prior to traveling?

We ask that guests adopt the physical distancing and hygiene best practices as required by their country/state of origin prior to their trip. Guests will also be required to complete Uniworld's Travel Declaration prior to embarkation.

Are The Travel Corporation (TTC) and Uniworld financially sound?

Uniworld is a proud member of TTC, a family owned and operated business with over a century of experience. As such, we’ve remained stable and solvent despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. TTC's incredible legacy, financial strength and integrity mean you can have peace of mind knowing your money is safe. You can read TTC Chief Executive Brett Tollman's letter of reassurance to all guests here.

COVID-19 FAQs: During your cruise Expand all

What health and safety protocols do I need to follow onboard?

Guests will be asked to follow all health instructions—whether noted in physical signage, or requested from our crew. Our expanded COVID-19 protocols for guests include but are not limited to the following*:

  • All guests must complete a Travel Declaration prior to embarkation.
  • All guests must and will have their temperature taken throughout the cruise using touchless technology.
  • All guests are asked to sanitize their hands when entering public spaces, when coming back onboard the ship each day, and before each meal.
  • Any onboard payments are processed using a contactless payment method and credit card machines will be wiped after each PIN entry.

PLEASE NOTE: While we believe these protocols to be the appropriate steps in protecting the well-being of our guests and crew, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 response globally and will update our protocols accordingly and in the best interest of our guests and crew.

*Health and safety features may vary on ships not owned and operated by Uniworld for certain non-European itineraries. Nonetheless, ships not owned and operated by Uniworld do adhere to high standards for sanitation and safety.

Will I need to wear a mask during the cruise?

Guests will be required to wear a mask while walking around public areas, such as the corridors or the lobby, and when the required distancing to others cannot be maintained. Masks can be taken off when seated in the lounge and restaurant. While onshore, all guests and crew are subject to local mask guidelines. In some locations a high-rated respirator mask such as FFP2, N95/99, or KN95 may be required. Please pack any personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizers that you require.

Will I need to wear a mask while on the motorcoach (bus)?

Guests will be required to wear a mask while traveling in the motorcoach (bus).

What will mealtimes look like onboard?

Dining onboard will be similar to how it was prior to COVID; however, we’ll now have the opportunity to serve our guests directly during the breakfast and lunch buffet with the removal of self-service. Dinner will continue to be served à la carte.

Most Uniworld ships have a choice of restaurants onboard, all of which will be open for service. Plus, we will continue to offer room service 24 hours a day.

How will the ship be kept clean and made to ensure it is germ-free?

Housekeeping staff disinfect all public area touch points and hot spots throughout the day, including all handrails and door handles. All staterooms and suites are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis and air-conditioning filters are cleaned and disinfected on each embarkation day before rooming takes place.

Additionally, we have invested in an e-Mist electrostatic spraying system to disinfect our ships on a regular basis and we have added advanced air filtration systems to our restaurants and lounges.

How will Uniworld look after my health and safety onshore?

In addition to closely vetting all of our onshore partners to make sure they follow our strict standards, we require all buses to be cleaned and wiped with disinfectant before each use. Your personal Vox boxes are also sanitized prior to embarkation and after each excursion.

How will luggage be handled to avoid cross-contamination?

Crew wash their hands frequently when handling guest luggage. Disembarkation luggage is kept separate from embarkation luggage to avoid cross-contamination.

What health and safety protocols will the crew be following onboard?

All crew receives professional health and hygiene training (HACCP) by an external consultant before each ship begins its sailing season, including training on how to look for symptoms. Crew members strictly adhere to social distancing requirements, are required to wear masks at all times and wash and sanitize their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is readily available and mandated for use in all crew areas.

For the safety of our crew and guests, all crew undergo regular health screenings and temperature checks, and are quarantined immediately if symptoms are present. Crew quarters are sanitized regularly, and all crew meals are served (with no self-service allowed).

Will I be refunded for missed inclusions?

Please be assured that we are a responsible and conscientious cruise line with a reputation for providing incredible experiences for our guests. While some inclusions may be subject to change or closures, wherever possible we will find alternative solutions to ensure our guests’ experience is still a remarkable one.

Cancellation Policy Expand all

Cancellation policy for 2022 departures only

Standard cancellation rules apply for those departing in 2022 as listed in the chart below. Any funds transferred or future travel certificates used from a 2020 or 2021 booking and applied to a 2022 reservation due to COVID-19, are non-refundable. Once applied to a reservation, should your travel plans change 120 days or more prior to the departure date a Future Travel Certificate will be issued in the amount originally applied to the 2022 booking, less any non-refundable items. Should your plans change 120 days or less prior to the departure date of the reservation these funds are non-refundable and will not be applicable to a future booking, nor will you receive a future travel certificate. Note: funds applied in in the form of a Funds Transfer of the non-penalized portion of a cancelled booking are subject to the standard cancellation schedule of the new booking as described in the chart below. For complete terms and conditions, visit uniworld.com/terms-and-conditions.

Cancellation Notice Received Before Cruise/Tour Start Date
Cancellation Charges Per Person
120 days or more
R 3 000 per person for cruise/tour
119 – 90 days
20% of the fare**
89 – 60 days
35% of the fare**
59 – 30 days
50% of the fare**
Less than 30 days
100% of the fare**
No Show
100% of the fare**

**Fare is defined as the cost of any cruise, land, purchased from Uniworld. Cancellation charges are calculated against the amount payable to Uniworld for any cruise, land, purchased from Uniworld.

*Revised cancellation policy as of April 1, 2021. This supersedes all previous cancellation policies and is subject to change.


We have introduced enhanced hygiene protocols—for you, our other guests and our team members.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the South African National Department of Health, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

We ask that you please take personal responsibility for your well-being. This begins with packing any personal protective equipment and sanitizers you require. Please adopt physical distancing and hygiene practices throughout your pre-trip travel arrangements and follow all health instruction whether physical signage, or requests from our professional staff, once you are vacationing with us.

In choosing to travel with Uniworld, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Let’s help keep each other safe and healthy.

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