TRAVEL UPDATE - HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

Last update: AUGUST 18, 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.

2022-2023 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 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.

B. 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.

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

VACCINATION POLICY AND BOARDING RESTRICTIONS ON TAHITI & FRENCH POLYNESIA CRUISES

A. 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.

B. 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.

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

VACCINATION POLICY AND BOARDING RESTRICTIONS ON WINTER 2022/2023 CRUISES (NOV 2022-MARCH 2023), EXCLUDING GREECE

Stay tuned as we will be upgrading this page based on WHO recommendations.

A. 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.

B. 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.

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

ONBOARD

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

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.
  • The use of mask is compulsory for all crew members in all areas of the vessel and during tendering.
  • 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.

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.

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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