Last week’s announcement by the FCO, regarding cruise ship travel, wasn’t new news, or at least it wasn’t to those that have been following the FCO advice as intently as we have.
In response to last week’s announcement CLIA felt it necessary to release the following:
The health and safety of guests and crew is an absolute priority for our member lines. Since the voluntary suspension of operations, we have been working collaboratively with the Government on the road map to resumption involving a ‘ door to door’ strategy – from the time of booking through to the passengers’ return home – with enhanced protocols. We look forward to completing this planning exercise with Government, and for the advice to be updated.
All cruise lines, across the globe, voluntarily suspended operations in mid-March as we all began addressing the issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, what is new news is that last night, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office updated its advisory regarding cruise ship travel to exclude river cruise.
This news is very welcome for our industry, as we’re sure it is to you.
CLIA released the statement below:
This latest change to Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s advisory regrading cruise ship travel provides a very welcome boost.
We are seeing a gradual, phased-in approach to resumption of cruise operations across Europe, initially domestic and regional.
CLIA is continuing its constructive dialogue with the Department for Transport and Public Health England to finalise the road map to resumption of international cruise travel.
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