Riviera River Cruises to resume sailing in Europe: Travel Weekly
Riviera River Cruises is gearing up to start sailing in Europe this summer, joining Amadeus River Cruises and AmaWaterways to test the waters and their new Covid-19 health and safety protocols, even as US travelers remain shut out of the market.
Based in the UK and with a strong UK market, the company said it hoped to resume limited sailings by the last week of August, according to Marilyn Conroy, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Riviera in North America.
As with other cruise lines, Riviera’s new standards include health screenings and temperature checks, a la carte dining, small-group excursions and more thorough cleanings.
Like other companies, Riviera said its guidelines and practices, developed under the guidance of UK health and safety expert Ian Greaves, a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, will be continuously updated as needed to meet mandates. governments and developments.
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Meanwhile, two other river lines this month began testing new health and safety practices on limited sailings in Europe with European rather than American guests.
Germany-based Amadeus said it currently has six of its 17 ships sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube and plans to start sailing the Seine and Rhône this month.
Marcus Leskovar, executive vice president of Amadeus, said the company’s stricter health and safety protocols are “working well”.
He said guests are not required to wear masks on board as long as they can maintain safe distances, and the company is doing things like staggered arrival and departure times to limit the number of guests. at the same location.
“Really, the ships are big enough, people really have enough space, so they don’t have to get too close to each other,” Leskovar said.
The company also has Covid-19 tests on board so anyone feeling sick can be immediately quarantined and tested.
AmaWaterways has added plexiglass screens and more hand sanitizing stations as part of its Covid-10 prevention protocols.
AmaWaterwyas, which sails on a single ship, the AmaKristina, in partnership with German tour operator E-Hoi, has installed plexiglass screens between the seats in the lounges and near the reception. It also added more room service options.
“Through these cruises, we’ve been able to practice and hone our enhanced health and safety protocols while demonstrating that travelers can enjoy our unforgettable river cruise vacations with peace of mind,” said Kristin Karst, vice president. executive and co-founder of AmaWaterways.
Her husband, co-founder and chairman Rudi Schreiner, said the company was receiving positive feedback after its first crossings.
Guests “seem to really enjoy it,” he said. “Several have already booked their second trip for the fall.”
Correction: An earlier version of this report misspelled the name of the German tour operator that AmaWaterways contracted with. It’s E-Hoi.