THE MUCH ANTICIPATED RETURN OF CRUISE SHIPS
As we’re getting closer to the long-awaited return of cruising, we cannot contain our excitement! Cruising will most likely make its comeback early this year, and many people are looking forward to setting sail. In fact, Royal Caribbean saw an overwhelming response for its trial sailings and research shows that travelers are anxious to get back out on the water.
When cruising restarts, although it will look a little different, the experience will still provide a fun-filled vacation.
Here are the new regulations and what to expect:
A Mandate From Congress. The Cruise Passenger Protection Act means a trained physician is required onboard and cruise lines must also install video cameras in all public areas.
New Health and Hygiene Standards. Expect ships to look a little different. They will have stringent health and safety standards. Personal protective equipment will be the new must-have amenity and cleaning will be a lot more frequent in public areas.
Clean Air. The air will be much safer on ships now with new air filters. Norwegian recently announced that it will install disinfection air-purification systems. Royal Caribbean is also installing air-purification systems.
Health Screening. Passengers will undergo testing at least twice during their sailing. They will be tested before boarding the ship, before disembarking the ship at their final destination and other times during the cruise where passengers may need to be tested. Ships will also have enhanced medical centers that can handle a potential outbreak.
Face Masks. Just like anywhere people go these days, face coverings will be required onboard ships in public spaces.
Social Distancing. Cruise lines are modifying their ships to accommodate social distancing requirements. Some have installed plexiglass barriers and removed tables and chairs in entertainment venues to keep people safely distant.
Shorter Sailings. The CDC has said that sailings can be no longer than seven days.