TRAVEL UPDATE - HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

Last update: APRIL 15, 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

Mandatory COVID-19 VACCINE: Until further notice, all guests 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.

PRE-DEPARTURE & EMBARKATION

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

B. For all our cruises apart from our Greek Cruises*:

Mandatory PCR Test: All guests must show a negative 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.

C. For our Greek Cruises* and those embarking in Greece:

Mandatory Rapid Antigen Test: All Travelers over the 5 years of age, will be undergone Rapid Antigen testing prior to their embarkation, between 13:00-15:00hrs, at the cost of €10 per person. 

If a client does not wish to be tested on board, he/she can present a negative Rapid Test taken within 24 hours before embarkation. This measure applies to all cruises embarking in Greece.

*Greek Cruises: Classical Greece, Jewels of the Cyclades, Unexplored Greek Islands, Antiquity to Byzantium, Aegean Wine Cruise, Best of Greece

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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