Travel Health Advisory

TRAVEL UPDATE - HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

Last update: JUNE 06, 2022

SAIL SAFELY
 

Variety Cruises has been sailing with six of our vessels in 2021-2022, in Greece, the Seychelles and the Red Sea. We are grateful and proud that our Health & Safety Protocols that have been developed have ensured for a successful operation on our vessels throughout 2020 and 2021 season, with zero Covid-19 cases creating a treasure of memories for our guests and a very positive reaction by the media in honor of our safe, sustainable, and enriching small ship cruise experiences operation.

In addition to the benefits of traveling on board our small ships with a few fellow travelers, we have activated additional preventive measures so that our guests may feel prepared and confident with their decision to sail on board Variety Cruises yachts.

2022 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ON OUR YACHTS, SO YOU CAN TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE AND ENJOY A COMFORTABLE SMALL SHIP VOYAGE

With the consultation of The World Health Organization (WHO), we have adopted the below measures and sanitation protocols on our vessels. 

Variety Cruises Policies currently in place include:

VACCINATION POLICY AND BOARDING RESTRICTIONS ON 2022 SUMMER CRUISES, ON GREECE, ADRIATIC , MALTA, SICILY, ITALY AND SEYCHELLES CRUISES 

A. Mandatory pre-boarding health reporting and screening questionnaire.

B. Mandatory COVID-19 VACCINE: Until further notice, all guests over 15 years old must be fully vaccinated with a current COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before embarkation. Proof of vaccination will be required at check-in on the pier prior to embarkation. Variety Cruises highly recommends guests to receive their booster vaccinations for extra protection.

C. Mandatory Rapid Antigen Test: All Travelers over the age of 5 (vaccinated or not) must show a negative Rapid-Antigen test of 24 hours upon their embarkation. Self-tests are not accepted.

VACCINATION POLICY AND BOARDING RESTRICTIONS ON TAHITI  CRUISES

A. Mandatory pre-boarding health reporting and screening questionnaire.

B. Mandatory COVID-19 VACCINE: Until further notice, all guests over 15 years old must be fully vaccinated with a current COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before embarkation. Proof of vaccination will be required at check-in on the pier prior to embarkation. Variety Cruises highly recommends guests to receive their booster vaccinations for extra protection.

C. Mandatory PCR Test: All Travelers over the age of 5 (vaccinated or not) must show a negatice PCR test taken within 72hours from embarkation.

To clarify, the 72-hour PCR test validity period starts from the moment the test is taken and not from the result notification.

ONBOARD

We have implemented Health screening measures during the cruise for all guests and crew. This includes: 

All passengers and crew will be screened at embarkation and twice per day during the cruise (every morning and afternoon) for:
a) Body temperature
b) Blood oxygen content

General Hygiene Practices & Standards

  • Usage of sanitizer dispensers are mandatory at embarkation/disembarkation as well as prior to entry at Restaurant area at meals.
  • Tour coaches during our scheduled excursions will be limited with capped capacity. Vehicles will be fully sanitized before each shore excursion.
  • Masks are offered to all passengers at the time of embarkation and throughout the cruise.
  • The use of mask is compulsory for all crew members in all areas of the vessel and during tendering.
  • The use of mask is compulsory for guests in all internal areas (excluding when seated in mealtimes) and during tendering, however, is noncompulsory in the external areas of the ship provided the distance of 1,5m is kept.
  • All guests’ luggage will be disinfected by Variety Cruises Crew prior to embarkation.

Guest Accommodations

  • All cleaning, sterilization and disinfection material and equipment are ECDC compliant. 
  • Daily UV sterilization of all staterooms and public areas.
  • Additional disinfection of all cabins and internal common areas is taking place every other day using PureSpace disinfection equipment when passengers are not onboard.
  • Higher frequency with increased levels of sanitization and disinfection in guests’ cabins with hospital grade disinfectants, including twice daily wipe-down of guest cabins and guests cabin corridors.
  • Injection of diluted cleaning solution into drains to avoid clogged pipes and preventing bacterial growth.
  • Disinfection of all air-conditioning and ventilation ducts.

Public Areas

  • High-touch areas such as handrails, buttons, table-tops, door handles etc. are sterilized twice per day at Mini Lounge - Bar areas and Restaurant Areas including galleys are sterilized before, during and after service. Upholstery, cushions, curtains are steam sterilized daily.

Food Hygiene Practices & Standards

  • Guest seating will ensure ample spacing; disposable cutlery will be provided, upon request.
  • Self-service at F&B buffet restaurants will be suspended. All food and beverages will be served to guests by crew members wearing face masks and disposable gloves.

Crew Members

  • Our crew is currently vaccinated for the prevention of COVID-19.
  • Twice/week Covid-19 Rapid self-tests for all Crew Members.
  • Twice daily temperature checks for Crew Members.
  • Our Crew receive professional health and hygiene training and undergo multiple familiarization seminars for best practices in cleaning and sterilizing.
  • Crew members have undergone courses in crisis and crowd management.
  • COVID-19 outbreak seminars are carried out across our fleet of small ship cruises, and an Outbreak Management plan is in place. 

General Practices & Standards

  • Adequate stock of antibody tests and emergency crew uniforms are always available onboard.
  • The Government regulatory messages related to COVID measures are announced through PA system in frequent intervals daily.
  • Visitors are not allowed to come onboard during the cruise.
  • Port and other Authorities are met in the gangway and are allowed onboard only if needed by the law.
  • Two cabins are always kept empty for emergency reasons.

Some measures will remain in effect in certain countries and are subject to change at any time as we evaluate the situation and continue to consult with local health authorities as well as the WHO. 

Variety Cruises recommends guests research each country and its requirements and highly recommends purchasing travel insurance to cover COVID-19 services.

Sailing with Variety Cruises – Entrance Regulations per country

Seychelles: https://advisory.seychelles.travel/

French Polynesia: https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/

Greece: https://travel.gov.gr/#/

Italy & Malta Cruise:

The Adriatic & Greece Cruise:

Costa Rica: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements

Panama: https://www.tourismpanama.com/plan-your-vacation/advisories/

Cape Verde: https://travel.gov.cv/

Rivers of West Africa:

Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the Suez Canal

Variety Cruises is ONLY responsible for predeparture and embarkation regulations and strongly recommends guests research each country and its requirements before issuing their flight tickets.

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Live the dream in sun-drenched islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas, onboard your own yacht. Reunite with your friends and taste gourmet cuisine by your private Chef, under the stars. The experienced crew of your floating, private home, knows all the sea routes that lead to once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences and the earthly paradises of the Greek islands. The mare nostrum ideal (Latin for our Sea) becomes a reality when you can feel the sea uncompromisingly, limitlessly and freely yours. This summer live your seafaring dreams through an exclusive Private yachting experience and feel free, unbowed rulers of mare nostrum… just like the sea birds.

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  • FAMILY & FRIENDS CHARTERS

    With a select few, live the dream in sun-drenched islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas, onboard your own yacht. Reunite with your friends and family, taste gourmet cuisine by your private Chef, under the stars. The experienced crew of your floating private home, hosting 10 passengers in 5 cabins, knows all the sea routes that lead to once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences and the earthly paradises of the Greek islands.

  • DAY CHARTERS & EVENTS

    Day Cruises and Event Chartering is also available for up to 25 guests. Our private yachts are perfect for hosting corporate events or for a special day of yours. You may prefer prestigious and innovative hospitality event charters to host a business meeting or you may wish to celebrate a unique day of you and your family or friends.

  • TOYS & WATERSPORTS

    Revitalize your senses and enjoy water activities with the various inflatables offered, water-skis, wakeboard, and snorkeling equipment. The large swimming platform is easily accessed to swim right off your yacht into crystal clear azure waters.

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Why become a Variety Star Member?

Earning Stars is easy from the day you have registered with Variety Stars. Each time you make a reservation, you earn a Star or more depending on the number and type of cabins booked and sometimes on the sailing dates and the cruise program booked for your clients. You will find hereunder the standard Stars earning system, but be aware that extra Stars are available to you. Stars Earning System: For booking any category of cabin: 1 star per cabin and a max of 3 For booking a group of 7 paying cabins or more: 6 stars For booking a private charter: 10 stars

Redeeming your stars is easy. Once you have earned 6 stars you are eligible to cruise on any Variety Cruises vessel for free! STARS EARNED YOUR FREE CRUISE OPPORTUNITIES 6 Stars Free cruise for 2 passengers in Cat C cabin 7 Stars Free cruise for 2 passengers in Cat B cabin 8 Stars Free cruise for 2 passengers in Cat A cabin Important notes to remember: Stars can be redeemed within 3 years from the moment they were earned.  Stars are for the Booking Agent and immediate family to cruise on a Variety Cruises ship for free.  You can donate your Stars to a registered Variety Cruises travel agent, but only from the same travel agency as yours. Stars are retained by a Travel Agent consultant even after switching to another travel company. It is however important that you change your profile when any such changes occur. Port taxes are on Travel Agent's charge.

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