July 07, 2020 - Two leading global cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and the Royal Caribbean Group, have teamed up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your goal: theDevelopment of improved hygiene and safety standards for cruises.
A group of experts called the “Healthy Sail Panel” has been working on recommendations for the cruise industry for a month. The aim is to further advance safety and hygiene standards with regard to COVID-19 and to ensure a safe resumption of cruise operations. The working group's first recommendations are expected at the end of August. The expert group is led by Utah Governor Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dr. Scott Gottlieb. The other members of the panel are globally recognized experts from a variety of disciplines, including public health, infectious diseases, biosecurity, tourism and shipping.
Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., sums it up: "In normal times, we compete for the best cruise offer, but we never compete for hygiene and safety standards." The initiative is also recognized by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Richard D. Fain and Frank Del Rio, leaders of both societies, say the panel should ensure that the plans they will submit to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other regulators reflect the best available evidence apply to public health, science and technology. The work of the body would be shared with the entire (cruise) industry and the regulatory authorities.
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Azamara Club Cruises, a company of the Royal Caribbean Group, is taking the opportunity to give its Azamara Circle members an indication of the work of the Healthy Sail Panel. The message ends with the statement: “We have no doubt that we will come back strengthened at the right time. We rediscover the world with the universal feeling of resilience ”. Wow!