Aegean Odyssey

Caring for Your Health & Safety Aboard the Aegean Odyssey

Here at Road Scholar, your well-being is our top priority — now more than ever.

Additional health and safety and health procedures are being implemented to ensure you have a worry-free experience on your Aegean Odyssey voyage that meets the European Union and Cruise Line International Association’s COVID-19 guidelines. We’ll be reassessing and updating our safety protocols and will be sure to keep you in the loop if anything changes.



For the greatest peace of mind and protection, we require all Road Scholar adult participants and Group Leaders to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their program.


Health Screening

The ship will provide mandatory and complimentary COVID-19 rapid testing and take everyone’s temperature prior to embarkation and before field trips on shore and when returning to the ship. Anyone with an elevated temperature for a sustained period of time will be required to self-isolate immediately and seek medical attention. Anyone who is sick or possibly contagious will be required to return home, both for their health and the welfare of the group.


Staff Training

The Aegean Odyssey crew and Road Scholar Group Leaders are being trained in the latest health and safety protocols and will strive to promote a safe program experience.


Face Coverings

Face coverings are a simple and effective way to prevent illness. Participants must bring their own face coverings to the program. You will be expected to wear a face covering indoors and outside when proper social distancing can’t be maintained, on public and commercial transportation, or when required by our Group Leader. Some establishments we visit may require face coverings.


Room to spread out

The Aegean Odyssey holds up to 350 passengers, but we’ll be sailing with fewer passengers so you’ll have plenty of room. Also, the ship is the ideal size, with ample outdoor gathering space, perfect for relaxing and making new friends. Your group may be separated into smaller groups for activities and meals to meet social distancing guidelines. On motorcoaches, we’ll be sure there are empty seats, so there is room to spread out.


Enhanced Cleaning

The ship, all modes of transportation and program equipment will be sanitized regularly, with all high-touch areas disinfected between each use. We’ll work closely with our restaurant and hotel partners to ensure they are following local sanitation guidelines and Road Scholar standards.


Hand washing

Washing hands and frequent use of hand sanitizer can’t be stressed enough. We ask that you bring hand sanitizer with you, and we will have hand sanitizer available as you enter and exit the ship and vehicles.


Social distancing

We’ll practice social distancing as much as possible, while still maintaining that special Road Scholar camaraderie and group spirit.


Extra care at meal time

We’re putting extra thought into improving your dining experience. We are committed to protecting the well-being of our participants and will follow all the local health guidelines for food service. Additionally, meals will be served in small groups and individually plated as much as possible.


Listening devices

You’ll have your own personal listening device, which will enable you to listen to your instructor, while maintaining a safe social distance.


24/7 emergency assistance

We have always included the Road Scholar Assurance Plan in the cost of your program, so you will have 24-hour assistance in the event of an emergency during your program and insurance for emergency medical evacuation.


What We’ll Expect From You

We will do everything we can to care for you, but it is also up to you and your fellow participants to do your part in following all the necessary precautions. Our Group Leaders are trained to protect the welfare of the entire group and will make decisions with the best interests of the group in mind. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following our Group Leaders’ guidance and instruction to make your program as enjoyable — and safe— as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will Road Scholar require proof of vaccination to participate?

We will not require participants to submit proof of vaccination in advance of the program, but adult participants must bring their vaccination card, a copy of the card, or an electronic verification to show proof when travelling and during the program.

Why is Road Scholar requiring participants be vaccinated?

A Road Scholar program is a small, intimate group experience, and being vaccinated is vital to protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities from illness. We are guided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which states that being vaccinated for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases not only protects yourself and those close to you, it helps reduce spread of the disease in communities. For these simple yet crucial reasons, Road Scholar requires participants and Group Leaders to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and be up-to-date with all required and recommended vaccinations. For more information about the importance of vaccination, please visit:

CDC Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

CDC Reasons for Adults to be Vaccinated

Will Road Scholar provide hand sanitizer and face coverings?

You will need to bring several of your own face coverings. Hand sanitizer will be available for you to use when boarding and disembarking the ship and motorcoaches, but we ask you also bring your own supply.

Will all public areas of the ship be accessible?

Some of the public areas like the library, gym and pool may be subject to closure or limited capacity, but we’ll monitor and adjust as needed.

Are there any additional health requirements I should be aware of? 

Because official rules and guidance can change at any time, it is up to the participant to be aware of the rules of the destination they are travelling to. As always, Road Scholar expects participants only to attend programs if they are healthy and feeling well. Please keep in mind that the protocols we put in place may change as we as we get closer to resuming operations, but we will keep you updated if they do.

All air passengers coming into the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result upon returning to the US. Will Road Scholar facilitate this?

Yes. For as long as this is a requirement, for all programs outside of the United States, your Group Leader will help you get a COVID-19 test before your flight home. The cost of this test is not included in the cost of the program and will need to be paid by participants. You can find more information about this requirement by clicking this link.

What happens if I get sick on my program?

Should a participant become ill during a program, they should immediately notify the Group Leader, who will assist in obtaining medical attention. If a participant develops symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or experience any other signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses, they will be required to immediately self-isolate, both for their health and the health, safety and welfare of the group. The Group Leader will then contact a local doctor so he or she can evaluate the participant's symptoms, diagnose the illness, and provide appropriate information and guidance regarding treatment and care.


Participants who are ill and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not be permitted to rejoin the program and must remain in self-isolation until either they are evaluated by a medical professional who determines their condition is not contagious and clears them to resume group activities, or they test negative for COVID-19, at which time they may return to the group. If a participant has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or other communicable and contagious disease, we will follow the guidance and requirements of the local medical and health authorities.

What happens if I am required to quarantine?

Because participants and Group Leaders will be vaccinated against COVID-19, it is unlikely a program will be interrupted or terminated due to a government-mandated quarantine order. However, in the event a program is cut short due to quarantine, all participants will be issued a pro-rated credit towards a future Road Scholar program. Please note that in such circumstances we will do our best to ensure everyone receives the help and support they may need. However, participants should be aware that all expenses for medical treatment, as well as additional food, lodging, or transportation expenses due to quarantine, are the sole responsibility of the participant. 


We therefore strongly recommend Road Scholar’s optional Trip Protection Plan, which provides financial protection in case of program cancellation, interruption or travel delay. It also provides limited coverage for unexpected expenses you may incur if you are required to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test. For example, if you are forced to quarantine by a country, state or local public health authority because you test positive COVID-19, or because a fellow participant on your program contracted COVID-19, the plan can help cover some of the costs associated with your mandated quarantine, such as accommodation and meal expenses. Please note that the quarantine coverage in Road Scholar’s optional Trip Protection Plan is limited, and is not intended to cover costs arising from any government-mandated quarantine that is required for travelers arriving into a country.

What’s the best way to stay healthy while travelling?

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. Click here to learn more about Road Scholar’s commitment to our participants’ well-being and the steps you can take to keep yourself healthy when traveling.

Please note that these measures are subject to change at any time and may be different in certain areas due to local restrictions, or altered as new information about the virus becomes available.


Updated on April 6, 2021.