British-based Saga Cruises has extended its suspension on cruise operations into early 2021 that also includes its brand new cruise ship.
Saga Cruises Extends Extension
The UK cruise line will still not be able to resume cruises and has delayed its return to operations through February 4, 2021. This comes as Saga has stated that “most countries around the world are not accepting cruise ships and we do not see this changing for the remainder of this year.”
So the cruise line is delaying the inaugural cruise of the Spirit of Adventure cruise ship until February 5, 2021. In fact, the cruise took delivery of the new 999 passenger vessel from the Meyer Werft shipyard today. Spirit of Discovery won’t be resuming cruises until March 7, 2021
Managing Director, Saga Cruises said:
“I know how disappointing this news will be for many of you who were so looking forward to a return to cruising and, perhaps particularly, for those who were as excited as we were to see Spirit of Adventure set sail later this year.”
When Saga Cruises does resume operations there will be new health protocols in place to make sure guests and crew members remain safe. Here’s what the cruise line is implementing:
- Pre-departure COVID-19 testing at home and in the terminal for guests and crew including full medical screening
- A reduced capacity of guests onboard to a maximum of 800
- Increasing our crew to guest ratio, to enhance our cleaning regimes onboard
- Private chauffeur car per household up to 250 miles
- Social distancing which feels subtle onboard our spacious ships
- Face coverings being worn in all internal public areas
- Additional enhancements to our state-of-the-art air conditioning, which already provides 100% fresh air in all public areas and cabins
- Improved and expanded medical facilities with a new dedicated isolation area
- Double medical team
Those guests impacted by the further extension are being contacted about their options. It comes as the cruise line took delivery of its new ship but will have to keep the celebrations on hold until next year.
It was hoped the Spirit of Adventure would kick of sailing in November 2020 but now the 58,250 gross ton vessel will have to wait like most ships in the industry.
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