The cruise industry is planning for a post-pandemic world that allows travelers to experience the delights of life on the water while simultaneously keeping them safe from potential COVID-19 outbreaks. Determining the boundaries between public health safety measurements and personal freedoms and desires while on vacation might be a challenge, but companies are confident that they can introduce measures to encompass all aspects of cruising. Vacationers who aspire to return to the seas, rivers, or other water byways should anticipate a variety of changes when they resume cruising. Here are some tips for taking a cruise after COVID-19:
Be Prepared for Pre-Travel Medical Requirements
Some cruise lines might require proof of vaccination, whereas others might be satisfied with a negative Covid test taken within three days of travel. Luggage will need to be sanitized. Temperatures will be brought before embarkation on vessels, and passengers with high temperatures will not be allowed on board. Basic Covid safety measures such as wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distance will be enforced.
Be Aware That Onboard Activities Will Change
Passenger numbers will be capped to prevent overcrowding. Buffets will be eliminated and replaced by single-serve meals served to cruisers at staggered times. Staff and crew will need to spend a significant amount of time on deep-cleaning and sanitizing, especially in public areas. Ventilation systems will be replaced and upgraded as necessary to provide 100% fresh air to passengers. Shore excursions will still be an option, but they will be highly managed to control social distancing and sanitization protocols. Social distancing guidelines may impact the number of people allowed into onboard fitness rooms, entertainment venues, and sporting events. Typical spa activities such as showers, whirlpools, and saunas will be closed. Most importantly, crew members will need travelers to observe and respect best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Be Responsible Post-travel
Regardless of vaccination status, cruisers should be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after the end of their cruise. Those who test positive need to isolate, while everyone needs to self-monitor for symptoms for two weeks. Maintaining safety guidelines will help to ensure that cruises can once again be an option for vacationers as a post-pandemic world opens again to those seeking adventure.