Ponant has paused operations in the northern hemisphere as a result of December 31, 2020. The protection and safety of passengers, crew users and the locals of the locations frequented continues to be Ponant’s precedence, the cruise line stated in an announcement. Travelers on cancelled voyages will obtain a credit of 120 % of the total paid out, which can be applied to a long run sailing.
Considering the fact that July, the compact-ship line has securely operated 50-moreover sailings from France, Iceland, Croatia and Norway on 4 ships: Le Bougainville, Le Champlain, Le Jacques-Cartier (shipped a several months back) and Le Lyrial. In September, we caught up with Navin Sawhney, Ponant’s CEO of the Americas, to get the most current. Ponant partnered with Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) of Marseilles, France, on its new well being and security protocols, and Sawhney claims “that’s helping make the environment ‘COVID-safe’ as persons return to cruising. He additional that it is not just about crafting protocols but training and employing them for the duration of precise sailings with friends onboard.
Among the its new well being and protection protocols, Ponant was necessitating all company and crew users to current a signed doctor’s healthcare kind, comprehensive a health questionnaire and undergo a overall health look at and screening by the ship’s health-related workers. Onboard, cafe layouts ended up redesigned and will only supply contactless, a la carte eating alternatives public areas, these as the conditioning area and theater, were being capped at 50 per cent occupancy.
Previous 7 days, seven guests and crew aboard SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I, sailing in the Caribbean, were being confirmed to have COVID-19, causing the line to cancel the remainder of its sailings in 2020. It was the 1st cruise in the Caribbean due to the fact the March shutdown. This led to Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Doris Matsui urging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reinstitute its “No Sail Purchase” for cruise ships from U.S. ports.
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