Waterproof Cruises

COVID-19 travel information

Detailed information about the impact of Coronavirus on expedition cruises.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Update - 01 June 2021

Dear Traveler,

Due to the ongoing pandemic all cruises and expeditions are cancelled until June 2021.
We expect operations will re-start again after June 2021 and will inform all guests booked a minimum of 30 days prior to the start date of your holiday to confirm if your cruise will be operating. If your trip is cancelled we offer a suitable alternative or a travel voucher.
The worldwide COVID-19 situation is changing constantly, some countries are opening up for tourism again while others may remain closed for months. We are aware this makes booking a cruise or expedition a little different.

If you are making future travel plans, our travel experts are ready to assist you. Each of our cruises & expeditions is unique and has different terms and conditions. Through close contact with our partners we offer flexible booking terms and cancellation policies, adjusted payment plans and early booking discounts. We will help you find the trip of your dreams and give you the peace of mind that your booking is flexible and secure in these changing times.

We will personally inform you in case your trip has been effected. The impact of COVID-19 is a concern to everyone in the travel industry, including us and our local partners. We therefore call upon our customers to exercise a sense of solidarity. If you are reconsidering your travel plans, please know that it would be much appreciated if you reschedule to a later date instead of cancelling your entire trip.


We are hopefull to being operational again in the coming months and in the meantime will continue to work with associates across the industry including AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) as we contribute to the formulation of best practice plans for the cruise industry.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The certificate will be introduced in EU Member States. Countries can start issuing and using it already and it will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021.
Read more about the EU Digital Covid Certificate
Work is being done to gradually develop a solution that complies with the proposed European framework for Digital Green Certificates. The first version of this type of certificate is a simple one that has already been launched on helsenorge.no. It gives an overview of people’s test results during the past 7 days and their vaccination status, as well as their national identity number and name. Around mid-June, the certificate will also contain a QR code, which will be a verification solution for both the digital and paper-based versions of the COVID-19 certificate. The final pan-European solution is expected to be ready at the end of June and enter into effect on 1 July.
The Covid-19 protection measures are different per destination and per trip. We will have a good idea whether a trip will be cancelled or not approximately 30 days prior to departure at the latest.
If you have booked an expedition or cruise with us, we will contact you from the moment we have more information. In case your trip gets cancelled, you will have the opportunity to rebook and travel at a later time.
Norway has currently entered into phase two of the opening stages for society. We expect phase three to enter medio June.
With the latest updates from Norway and the new plans for a vaccination certificate, we are confident that measures will be in place to be able to operate again in November for our Orca and Whale expedition in Norway.
As soon as there has been established a means of documentation (COVID-19 certificate) that is digital, secure, and verifiable, protected people – among others, people who received their first vaccine dose more than 3 weeks ago – will not have to stay at a quarantine hotel. In the middle of June there will be an update about this Covid Certifcate.
Our Winter Whales of Norway expeditions in 2021 and 2022 are open for bookings. At the time of booking you only pay a deposit. The final payment is due 3 months before departure.

You can cancel your reservation up to 3 months before departure. No questions asked. You will only lose your deposit.

If the voyage can’t take place due to corona measures in Norway, there are two options:
1) The travel date will be postponed to a date in the future.
2) The trip will be canceled by us and you will receive a voucher to use for booking a new trip.

If you cancel the trip yourself, our normal cancellation policy applies.

Please note that additional products like flight tickets and local excursions are excluded from above conditions.
In case we need to cancel the operations in Norway for our Orca and Whale cruises due to the on-going COVID-19 measures, we kindly offer you to rebook your voyage to another suitable date next year. This will be on board the same ship and in the same cabin category (subject to availability). Your deposit will simply be transferred to the new voyage, and we will send you a new invoice reflecting your new dates.
If you are unable to travel during the same week next year, we will try to find another suitable date for you.
We will personally inform all guests about the options to cancel or change their booking.
The safety and well-being of our guests and crew continues to be our top priority. We are in close contact with the ship operators and we receive up to date details on the specific measures that will be taken to ensure your health and safety on board. This might include changes to the embarkation and disembarkation process, number of passengers on board, additional health checks, special cleaning of cabins and public areas, medical care on board and options for evacuation.
In response to the outbreak, several expedition cruise operators have introduced risk-free (re)booking and cancellation policies. This often means lower deposits, delayed final payments and the opportunity to change your booking up to just days before departure, without charge.
Contact us for up to date information and details for the voyage you have in mind.
Yes! You can still make new bookings. Most expedition cruise operators have introduced risk-free (re)booking and favorable cancellation policies for new bookings.
This often means lower deposits, delayed final payments and the opportunity to change your booking up to just days before departure, without costs.
Contact us for up to date information and details for the destination and voyage you have in mind.
The main prerequisites for restarting any cruises or expeditions are the withdrawal of travel limitations and entry requirements by the destinations, and reliable flight operations by airlines.
To ensure your health and safety during our snorkeling activities in Norway, we have introduced a number of new procedures for the upcoming winter season.

Snorkeling masks and tubes
We strongly advise you to bring your own snorkeling set (mask and tube) with you for use during the voyage.
You can also use one of our snorkeling sets. However, you will be obligated to purchase a reusable mouth-piece for your personal use. This way we can ensure the snorkels are safe to use.

Cleaning of snorkeling gear
All guests keep the same dry-suit and snorkeling equipment during their entire stay on board and store these in their cabin. Together with our partners we have set up special cleaning procedures. After each voyage, all our snorkeling gear and dry-suits will be thoroughly disinfected.
The safety and well-being of our guests and crew continues to be our top priority. We receive regular updates from our partners and ship operators about the specific measures that will be taken to ensure your health and safety.

For travel to Antarctica, these measure are being coordinated by IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Touroperators), of which Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions is a member. For travel to the Arctic region we will follow the AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) guidelines.
Keep in mind these might include changes to the embarkation and disembarkation process, number of passengers on board, additional health checks, special cleaning of cabins and public areas, medical care on board and options for evacuation.
We always advise you to take out a good travel and cancellation insurance. Make sure to review whether your insurance covers medical expenses, evacuation and other expenses in case of COVID-19 infection.