With cruises around the world shut down for the past two and a half months due to COVID-19, three cruise lines are currently planning on resuming cruises in June. The cruise lines include one that will offer cruises from U.S. ports.
American Cruise Lines – American Cruise Lines is planning on returning to service on June 20. Guest capacity will be reduced by 25% and their cruise ships will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures. With the reduced capacity, there will be approximately 450 square feet of space per passenger on the ships.
There are independent HVAC systems in every stateroom and lounge. Air conditioning ducting is cited as a source of virus transmission; their ships have no shared ducting between rooms or public spaces.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) to be available at all times for guests and crew. PPE includes face shields, gloves, and face masks. PPE may be required during certain events as situations dictate.
Social distancing on the ships will also be practiced during dining, tours, and other functions.
Hurtigruten – Hurtigruten is the world’s largest expedition cruise line and they are planning on a gradual restart of cruises in June.
The first planned departure will be MS Finnmarken from Bergen on June 16.
Following June 16, Hurtigruten will make decisions for each and every voyage individually and will update all booked guests on any changes that will affect their voyage as soon as possible, and no later than three weeks (21 days) before the scheduled ship’s departure.
SeaDream Yacht Club – SeaDream has added nine new itineraries on cruises to Norway for this summer starting in June.
For almost 20 years, SeaDream has set its own standards when it comes to service and cleanliness. This has allowed the cruise line to promptly resume sailing safely. SeaDream continues to closely monitor the global health and travel restrictions with the agility to adapt their itineraries as needed.
You can see their new Norway itineraries here.