The Government has finally allowed cruise ships to restart sailing in India from October 1, as part of the ‘Mission Begin Again’ campaign to revive the tourism economy in the nation. By Tanvi Jain
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As a part of the Government of India’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ campaign, which aims at reviving the country’s economy by slowly reopening various businesses after months of lockdown, another industry that has been given the green signal are the cruise ships, which can now restart sailing from October 1.
In light of this major development, Jalesh Cruises has announced the commencement of its cruise MV Karnika from November 6, 2020, with an assurance of free rapid COVID-19 and all other flu-related testings for its passengers before boarding. Moreover, it has also ensured that the test results will be provided within just 15 minutes so that they can safely board the ship without any fear and set for the sail.
“The announcement by the Indian Government to permit sailing by cruise companies comes as a fresh breath of air to all of us. We have been waiting to set sail with passengers and we eagerly await November. The health and safety of our passengers and our crew have been and will always be our priority. I would like to reassure our valued guests that they would not find a safer and cleaner ship than Karnika,” Jurgen Bailom, President and CEO, Jalesh Cruises said.
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Some of the safety guidelines that the cruise company is offering include : –
- Temperature checks of all crew members twice a day.
- Special facemasks to be worn by them while on duty.
- Disposable gloves for housekeeping and F&B crew while working.
- Mandatory health declarations and temperature checks.
- Infrared fever screening system.
- Online check-in and designated arrival time.
Onboard medical facilities
- A full time doctor onboard.
- 24*7 medical centre and isolation ward.
- Separate disposal system for contaminated items and medical waste.
- Cleaning, disinfecting and washing of medical equipment and waste bins twice a day.
- Sanitisation of restaurants and bars thrice a day.
- Rearrangement of seating to ensure social distancing.
- No more self service facility for now.
Common public areas
- Fresh filtered air in all cabins and public areas.
- Thorough checking and cleaning of air filters and cooling coils.
- Disinfection of entertainment and recreational areas.
- Reduced theatre occupancy to half the capacity.
- Disinfecting kids’ areas, toys and games twice a day.
- Sanitisation of spa and gym facilities both pre as well as post use.
- Sanitisation of all common public areas multiple times a day.
- Hourly sterilisation of touchpoints such as handrails, buttons, etc.
- Sanitiser dispensers at various public areas.