Below is a list of examples of some of the new protocols that various cruise lines have considered across their operations to control the spread of COVID-19:

  • Reduced guest capacity/guest occupancy management across cabins and recreational spaces.
  • Increased downtime between cruises to allow for full ship sanitation.
  • Extensive pre-cruise screening measures and denial of boarding to anyone with flu-like symptoms.
  • Increased sanitation rounds including cleansing of all touchpoints such as railings, doorknobs, elevator buttons and gangways.
  • PPE (face shields, gloves and face masks) for all guests and crew.
  • Closure of communal areas such as public bathrooms.
  • Hand sanitising stations available throughout the ship.
  • Luggage sanitisation prior to loading.
  • Closure or staff managed buffet stations.
  • Reduction of recirculated air and upgrade of filter technology/ventilation systems.
  • Medical facilities upgraded and medical staff increased.
  • Routine testing, increased testing capacities onboard – temperature, rapid antigen and PCR.
  • New contact tracing protocols.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols covering housekeeping, laundry, food processing & presentation, waste management, etc.
  • Isolation zones.
  • Revised controlled shore excursion offerings and restricted shore leave arrangements.
  • New onboard health and hygiene officers.
  • Digitisation of processes and use of smart technology, such as wearable tech, to reduce touch points, improve efficiency and increase traceability.

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