04 Jun Cruise Line Health Policies
It’s not a matter of IF cruising will happen again but WHEN. Around the world, cruise lines have been re-evaluating their heath and safety procedures. Below is just a sample of what each cruise line is doing to make sure their passengers are not only having the vacation of their life, but are able to do so safely.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Installing a new air filtration system is just the first of many steps Norwegian Cruise Line is implementing on their ships to provide a higher standard of health for its passengers. In compliance with CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, Norwegian will have all guests and crew members go through an enhanced screening process during pre-embarkation. Passengers can rest assure that the vessel they board will be thoroughly disinfected and sanitized before, during, and after each cruise itinerary. In order to help with social distancing, Norwegian is not only staggering the check-in process, but will also be reducing ship capacity.
Princess Cruise Line
Princess is serious when it comes to protecting the health of its passengers. They will deny boarding to any guest or crew member if they “[h]ave been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or a person being monitored for COVID-19.” They will also deny boarding to those who “[a]re suffering from a fever or flu-like symptoms prior to embarkation.” All screening and sanitation procedures have been enhanced. Hand sanitizer stations will be readily available in all “high-traffic areas around the ship.” Plus, a special COVID-19 training will be given to each ship’s medical team.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International has thought about the health and safety of its passengers from pre-cruise to disembarkation and everything in between. Before sailing, Royal Caribbean will cancel or modify itineraries that were originally scheduled to sail in COVID-19 impacted areas. While onboard, the Captain will make daily announcements to remind passengers to follow health protocols such as washing hands often and using coughing etiquette. If a passenger should become sick, protocols have been set in place to prevent the spread of a disease. All this is just a small portion of what Royal Caribbean is doing to ensure safety.
American Queen Steamboat Company
While there are many unknowns with COVID-19, it is possible for us to help protect our employees and customers, and thus enable a safe return to business by following certain safety measures and guidelines.
Cruising may never look the same again, but when it comes to safety, it will be a whole lot better.
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