Cruise lines face changing times afloat

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

There are  some challenging times ahead for cruise lines as passengers face  distinct differences.  Passengers will need to adjust to new safety rules most companies are implementing.

Leading the way is Crystal Cruises.   The luxury line is setting the scenario with its  Crystal Clean+ safety and health protocols on River Cruises.

Of the changes afloat are mandatory mask wearing,  issuance of  individual boarding times and temperature checks.  Gatherings are being limited to just a few people at a time in public areas. Social distancing is the new norm. Crystal is also assigning boarding times and doing pre-boarding temperature checks.

  Disinfection Procedures

Crystal Clean+ procedures will include extra  thorough cleansing and disinfecting. There will be electrostatic foggers  for  an extra layer of disinfection on embarkation day.

Daily disinfecting  of hallways, social spaces, handrails, table tops etc. is also on the agenda. Along with professional cleansing and disinfecting of bedsheets and linens.

Mask policy

Crystal’s mask policy remains nimble. Masks will be provided to passengers and crew and must be worn in venues where social distancing is difficult.

 Difference in dining experiences

A new dining experience eliminates person-to-person contact. Open seating dining remains but with social distancing. Contact free dining service will be the norm and no self-service options will be available. The good news is you can still order room service whenever you want.

Shore excursion protections

Crystal is working  with shoreside partners and tour operators to ensure  protocols are followed.

 A breath of fresh air

Each ship features a 100% fresh air supply to all suites and public spaces. There is no air re-circulation.

Crystal Clean+ goes into effect in 2021 on  Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle river cruises. Crystal  is currently in a cruise pause through the end of 2020.

Wow factors

Crystal’s new-build, 106-passenger river vessels are the most spacious in Europe. Amenities include butlers, balconies,  walk-in closets and other luxuries. Fares include WiFi, tips, all beverages and  signature service and cuisine.

For Crystal reservations, contact a Pavlus travel advisor at 800-528-9300.  You can also visit


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