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.



Being vaccinated is the best way to protect against becoming ill from COVID-19 and infecting others, so we highly recommend all Road Scholar participants get vaccinated weeks before their planned Road Scholar 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 complete a certification from the World Health Organization.


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. Apart from following the local health guidelines, you’ll enjoy private dining and small groups as much as possible, as well as individually plated meals or staff-served buffets.


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 show proof they were vaccinated, but we highly recommend participants be vaccinated against COVID-19 and be up-to-date with all required and recommended vaccinations, including seasonal influenza vaccination. Cruise lines, local government authorities and other entities may have their own vaccination policies, which may require proof of vaccination, so we will do our best to keep Road Scholar participants informed of any requirements before travelling.

Why is Road Scholar recommending 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 highly recommends participants 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

Why isn't Road Scholar requiring participants be vaccinated?

Over 98% of Road Scholar participants surveyed have told us they either have gotten, or intend to get, the COVID-19 vaccine, so we are confident participants are taking the proper precautions on their own. We also do not have the ability to verify proof of vaccination at this time, though we are continually evaluating our policy as circumstances change.

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.

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.

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