Norwegian Cruise Line has always had high standards for cleanliness, health, and safety on board their ships. NCL Sail Safe safety protocols released today (June 1, 2020) continue to demonstrate their priority is to provide an exceptional vacation experience while keeping guests healthy and safe. Although today’s announcement is the first wave of Norwegian safety protocols, it is clear to me that they are investing in and rolling out technologies, enhancements to their procedures and creative ways to ensure you are able to explore the world with the ultimate Peace of Mind. Click here to see the NCL safety protocol info-graphic.
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All New Air Filtration
Understandably, for many people, due to the way the ships are built and the staterooms are arranged, air quality is a concern. To address this, NCL is upgrading to H13 HEPA air filters. These filters remove 99.95% of airborne pathogens, including particles of Covid-19 so the air you breathe onboard is clean!
Increased Sanitation Measures
“Washy, washy!” is familiar to anyone who has been on board a Norwegian ship. NCL doesn’t only have hand washing stations throughout the ship, they take it a step further and have crew members strategically placed throughout the ship to make sure guests are washing their hands thoroughly. Now, Sail Safe safety protocols will include thorough cleaning and disinfecting developed in partnership with CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program before each voyage. 24/7 disinfection of high traffic touch points and public areas will also be the new normal on every NCL sailing.
Enhanced Screening Protocols and Medical Resources
Extensive health screening including touchless temperature checks and continuous monitoring of guests and crew including prior to embarkation, returning to the ship while in port, prior to each meal, every activity in public venues, and before disembarking. In addition, onboard medical facilities will be fully equipped with the latest testing kits and supplies, including those for Covid-19. In addition, each ship will have a Public Health Officer and an expanded medical team.
Extended Ship to Shore Safety
Being on a NCL cruise is not just about being on a ship, the adventure usually involves some time in ports near and far. Along with the steps above, Norwegian is committing to working with tour operators and local governments to make sure they follow strict guidelines for guest safety and health. Policies and situations change quickly, so NCL is focused on keeping guests informed of any itinerary changes or other steps that need to be taken while in port.
Responsible Social Distancing
Of course, one of the buzz words that hasn’t been mentioned yet is “social distancing” but it hasn’t been forgotten. By sailing with reduced capacity, staggering embarkation times and making some adjustments to the check in process, social distancing will be a top priority while you’re a guest on an NCL cruise.
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