COVID-19 Policies for 2022

So what will 2022 look like? It’s hard to know, but we are doing our best to follow current best practices for COVID-19 and existing travel requirements. Please note this policy may be subject to change as more information becomes available and guidelines are updated. Visit our COVID-19 policy page for the most recent information.


We will keep our requirement that you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This will include any recommended booster shots. You will be required to provide proof of your current vaccination status one month before your trip begins.


We may require a negative rapid 15-minute test to board for all passengers and crew. Tests will be provided and administered by crew members. This will be subject to test kit availability. We’ll make our determination about pre-boarding tests one month before our season begins based on the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations.

Learn to Cruise and Canadian Inside Passage trip passengers should plan for a PCR test and upload their negative test results no more than 72-hours before the trip sails, per Canadian travel requirements using the ArriveCan App. See link below.

We may also require a mid-trip test if anyone aboard the David B shows signs of COVID-like illness.

Risks of testing positive before boarding

If you test positive on the dock, then you will be responsible for costs associated with isolation and quarantine. You will not be entitled to a trip refund, however, we will be happy to reschedule you on a future trip within the next two years, subject to trip availability.

If you test positive before departing for your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. You will not be eligible for a trip refund, but we can reschedule you for a future trip. You are responsible for all canceled trip costs.


We’ve had several questions about masking on board. Since passengers and crew are fully vaccinated, we will not require masking during the trip. Passengers are welcome to wear masks if they choose.

We do however ask that you practice caution in the days leading up to your trip and during travel to the boat. Please reduce your outside contacts and wear a mask in public spaces to protect you, your travel companions, and the crew.

Rescheduling and Cancellations

Due to the pandemic, if something happens or you are unable to make your trip, we are allowing passengers to reschedule one time without any penalties or fees. Just let us know as soon as possible so we aren’t waiting on the dock for you.

If we have to cancel due to covid, then you can either reschedule your trip up to two times or get a full refund of any payments made to Northwest Navigation.

In general, we always prefer you to reschedule and are happy to work with you during these challenging times.

Travel Requirements and Links

We comply with all US Federal, Alaska, Washington, and Canadian Covid travel requirements.

Here is an updated list of quick links for you to follow for pre-trip guidance.

US Federal: For all trips

Center for Disease Control – COVID-19 Information

US Customs and Border Protection – COVID-19 Information

Department of Homeland Security – Travelers Fact Sheet

Canada: Only for Learn to Cruise / Canadian Inside Passage Trips

Government of Canada COVID-19 information

Canada Border Services Agency

ArriveCan App

Alaska: for all Alaska trips

Alaska COVID-19 Travel information

Ketchikan COVID-19 Response Information

Petersburg COVID-19 Information

Juneau COVID-19 Information

Ketchikan Airport

Petersburg Airport

Juneau Airport

Washington State: for trips boarding in Bellingham

Washington State Department of Health

Whatcom County Department of Health

SeaTac Airport

Bellingham International Airport


Alaska Airlines

Ferry Service:

Alaska Marine Highway COVID-19 Information