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.
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:
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 pre-boarding health reporting and screening questionnaire.
Before you travel it is important to check the COVID related requirements of your destination. Failure to do so can prevent you from entering the country or boarding a plane. To ensure that you are abiding by your destination specific rules and travel regulations, use the country specific resources as mentioned below.
Variety Cruises recommends guests research each country and its requirements and highly recommends purchasing travel insurance to cover COVID-19 services.
We have implemented Health screening measures during the cruise for all guests and crew. This includes:
General Hygiene Practices & Standards
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.
General Practices & Standards
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.
French Polynesia: https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/
Italy & Malta Cruise:
Cape Verde: https://travel.gov.cv/
Rivers of West Africa:
The Gambia: https://www.moh.gov.gm/
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.