February 03, 2020 - Because of the rapid spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) has the novel coronavirusdeclared an international health emergency. How do the cruise companies react to this extreme situation?
As is known, Costa Crociere and MSC had already canceled all cruises starting from Chinese ports due to the corona virus. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is now reacting to the crisis situation. The global association of leading cruise companies is calling on cruise lines not to let passengers on board if they have been in China in the past 14 days. Even passing through China, for example to reach a departure port nearby, is sufficient as an exclusion criterion.
Well-known companies belong to the association. Association members include the German providers AIDA Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and TUI Cruises. Costa Kreuzfahrten, Cunard Lines, MSC Kreuzfahrten and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which are well established on the German market, are also affected by the decision.
Encounters on the high seas - Norwegian Joy
The same restrictions apply to crew members. MSC or NCL check boarding passengers with contactless fever thermometers. If the thermometer shows temperatures above 38 degrees, the booked guests will be refused entry. from Mein Schiff 6 You can hear that the ship is currently traveling to Southeast Asia, that face masks will be distributed on request. If guests on board CLIA ships fall ill, they are immediately isolated. The procedure corresponds to the one used a few days ago in Civitavecchia on the Costa Smeralda.
CLIA believes that the cruise industry is one of the most experienced areas of business when it comes to monitoring health risks. It is not an exaggeration to state that the effects of the virus on cruise lines cannot be estimated at this time.