TRAVEL UPDATES - FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS | HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

YACHTING IN GREECE: RETURNING RESPONSIBLY AS OF JULY 24, 2020

Dear Small Ship Enthusiasts,

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - in our world, a nautical mile, - as we lift our anchors on July 24th 2020 and set sail returning to the roots of our Greek heritage.

Following a carefully crafted step-by-step safety & comfort protocol we return to the seas responsibly in our homeland Greece that handled the health crisis in an exemplary way, praised by media worldwide allowing Greece to once again raise her flag with pride, compassion, and hope for all. For the families that have been directly affected by this horrible crisis we send you our warmest wishes and are here for you holding your hand in spirit.

Since our inception in 1949 we have weathered a lot and have grown stronger and wiser with each passing storm… and for that we are grateful, because history is written with both achievements, but also with challenges. We believe that travel is more than just a luxury, but a way of life; a public function necessary for our growth and evolution, and at times like these… for inner healing; so we invite you to join us once again with the safety and compassion of our family of guests, crew & communities we visit at the core of all that we stand for.

Our 24-cabin M/S Galileo will be our first yacht to resume sailing in Greece with her first cruise departing on July 24, 2020 and weekly through end October 2020. 

Please review our updated safety protocols detailed hereunder and let us know if we can address any of your questions or concerns.

We will be continually monitoring the situation to provide you with timely updates on our future cruise operations.

We look forward to welcoming you back on board our small ships.

The Variety Cruises Family

TRAVEL UPDATE - HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

UPDATE 28.05.2020
SMALL IS BETTER
  • Yachts carrying only 30-40 guests on average
  • Enjoy Swim stops in uninhabited islands & visit quaint small islands and remote beaches accessible only by yachts
  • Small Group Shore excursions and archaeological sites visits during off-peak hours

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.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ON OUR YACHTS, SO YOU CAN TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE

With the consultation of The World Health Organization (WHO), we have adopted the below measures and sanitation protocols on board our small ships since the beginning of the outbreak.  Up to today, and following these protocols across our fleet, we have not had a COVID-19 case on board our yachts.

Policies currently in place include:

  • Mandatory pre-boarding health reporting and screening
  • Health & Sanitation Protocols on board our yachts
  • Crew Outbreak response plan and outbreak prevention protocols

A.MANDATORY PRE-EMBARKATION SCREENING

We have implemented pre-cruise screening for all guests and crew. This includes: 

All passengers and crew will be screened prior embarkation and every morning during the cruise for:

a) Body temperature

b) Blood oxygen content

c) Infectious antibodies  

Boarding will be denied to any guest or crew who has, within 14 days of embarkation:

  • have experienced any flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing
  • have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID-19, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19

B. WHILE ON BOARD /DURING THE CRUISE

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 will be limited to half capacity & sanitized before each use
  • Avoiding rush hours in archaeological sites
  • Swim stops away from the crowded beaches

Guest Accommodations

  • Daily UV sterilization of all staterooms and public areas
  • 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. will be sterilized every hour
  • Lounge-Bar areas and Restaurant Areas including galleys: sterilized before, during and after service

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 & beverages will be served to guests by crew members wearing face masks & disposable gloves.

C. CREW MEMBERS

Practices & Standards

  • Twice daily temperature checks.
  • Our Crew receives professional health and hygiene training
  • COVID-19 outbreak seminars are carried out across our fleet of small ship cruises

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. 

For frequently asked questions and information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

GREECE - http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/home/about_covid_19

SEYCHELLES - Department of Health – Seychelles http://www.health.gov.sc/

-World Health Organization (WHO)
-WHO Travel Advice
-United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC)
-European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
-CLIA Coronavirus FAQs
-CLIA Public Health and Medical Policy
 
This Advisory supersedes all previous versions and will be updated as required.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

FAQs

  • Why is my cruise suspended?
  • My cruise departure has been suspended; how will I be compensated?
  • I booked my Variety Cruises cruise through a Travel Company, what should I do?
  • Why have the booking conditions changed?
  • My sailing with Variety Cruises is not impacted at the moment. How does this affect me?

Why is my cruise suspended?

The safety of our travelers, staff, and the communities that we visit is our priority. As the scale of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic became better understood, we knew that as a responsible cruise company that we needed to temporarily stop sailing in all destinations where a Variety Cruises ship is deployed. With the increasing number of travel restrictions globally, flight suspensions it was obviously impossible to operate our cruise even though our vessels are all ready and operational, so we suspended a number of sailings in 2020. We are constantly reviewing this and will provide updates on this page if the suspension period has to be extended.

My cruise departure has been suspended; how will I be compensated?

The cruise fares paid for your reservation constitute a credit to be used against the cruise fares for any scheduled cruise program you will choose. For guests who do not want to rebook for a future date at this time, we offer a credit voucher valid for redemption towards any of our scheduled cruises departing by April 30, 2022 latest.  We encourage you to use your credit voucher and book your preferred scheduled cruise program / date as early as possible as availability might be limited for some programs.

I booked my Variety Cruises cruise through a Travel Company, what should I do?

All of our travel agent partners have been notified of the suspension of our scheduled cruises. We recommend that you contact your agent directly to assist you with your rebooking arrangements. 

If your travel agency is temporarily closed, you will still need to contact your agent directly to assist you with your travel arrangements. 

Why have the booking conditions changed?

Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 we have been adapting our booking conditions and cancellation policy regularly in response to the evolving nature and scale of the pandemic. Our operation depends on external factors such as Government Directives, Airlines operation in the different countries that we operate. In addition, the European Community - Variety Cruises is a Greek corporation – have issued Travel Laws which allow Travel and Cruise businesses to issue credit vouchers valid for 18 months. We are extending the rebooking period to 24 months to further assist our passengers.  Last, we have come up with new booking conditions for new reservations to give confidence to our customers when booking a new cruise.

My sailing with Variety Cruises is not impacted at the moment. How does this affect me?

At this stage, we plan to operate all non-impacted 2020 sailings. We will contact booked customers with updates should changes occur.

What about new Reservations?

In this troubled period, we want to give to give our customers the confidence to start booking cruises again without thinking about the present crisis. To that effect deposits made to confirm NEW RESERVATIONS MADE AS OF APRIL 6, are fully refundable up to 30 days before any sailing departing by end February 2021.

Dealing with your questions

We are experiencing significant volumes of calls and emails as we try to contact our passengers directly or through their travel company via email as soon as possible. 

We are grateful for your support through this challenging time and appreciate your understanding while we go through this global crisis. 

Reminding our contact details:

For USA & CANADA: Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For non USA & CANADA passengers: Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Variety Club Member bookings (Repeater Guests): Email us your questions or concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

This Travel Advisory supersedes all previous versions and will be updated as required.

World Offices
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    214-216 Syngrou Avenue
    17672 – Athens Greece
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