New rules and powerful cleaning will provide better protection than ever
Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
Every airline, cruise company and hotel operator is employing new stringent sanitation controls to ensure the welfare of workers (crews) and guests.
Some carriers are talking about limiting capacity on planes and leaving middle seats empty to keep passengers at a distance apart. They are using crews overtime to fog aircraft interiors and scrub down trays, seats, door knobs and things we touch on planes.
Boarding ships and planes take on new rules
Some airlines, such as Emirates and others are actually taking passengers’ temperatures before allowing them to board. They are also insisting you wear masks. Ditto for cruise lines. And this could be the new norm when we roll again.
Before boarding any plane or ship you will have to fill out a form regarding you health and where you’ve been recently.
By the time we’re free to ‘walk around the cabin or ship, if it all goes well, they will be more germ-free than ever. All this extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing should ward off other viruses too.
Princess putting on the precautions
Princess Cruises, like most others, has canceled many cruises. However the company is getting ready to start up again with new rules.
Here’s what they are doing to help keep crew and passengers germ-free
Enhancing Health Requirements
Princess, and others will be denying boarding to guests and crew if they:
- Have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or a person being monitored for COVID-19.
- Are suffering from a fever or flu-like symptoms prior to embarkation.
- Have an underlying, severe, chronic medical condition.
If you any of these affect you contact Princess before you travel to the terminal for embarkation. If you’re unable to sail because of these restrictions, you’ll receive a full cruise credit.
At embarkation, we’ll require all guests and crew to participate in mandatory health screenings, which may include a thermal scan to check temperatures, and in some cases secondary screenings. Depending on the results, we will deny certain individuals boarding if we feel they could pose a risk to others.
Doubling down on keeping terminals and cabins clean
Enhancing Sanitation Procedures in cruise terminals and cabins. Highly touched surfaces throughout each embarkation terminal will be sanitized continuously, and terminals will be thoroughly sanitized and, where possible, fogged before and after each embarkation and debarkation.
On board cleansing
In addition to the rigorous daily cleaning regimen Princess is establishing additional sanitation measures on all ships. These include sanitizing frequently touched surfaces in all public areas. Crews will clean tables, chairs and even casino chips and fitness machines.
Free-flowing hand sanitizer
Princess ships (and many others ) have hand-washing sinks or hand sanitizer dispensers in front of dining venue entrances. I’ve witnessed too many people who skip right by these. But no more. Now a crew member monitors all entries to encourage hand washing. .
Keeping crew healthy
Since crews live in close quarters they are vulnerable to spreading germs. So ship operators are working with staff to reinforce good hygiene.
Revising medical protocols and preparedness
Princess ships provide highly capable medical teams. These medical personnel are getting special training for COVID-19. If you fall ill or have trouble breathing you can visit the Medical Center for a complimentary consultation. And, if appropriate, screening for COVID-19.
Staying well is also our responsibility
Even though travel businesses are doing their best to keep us well, we must do our part. That means following guidelines from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Pack plenty of sanitary wipes to use during your trip on hand rails and places you touch.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. This is especially important to do after using the restroom and before dining.
- Supplement hand washing by regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory illness.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your bent elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
- Where possible, use your elbow or knuckle instead of your hand to operate frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and elevator buttons.
- When you check into your airline seat or cruise cabin wipe things down with sanitizers they provide or those you brought with you. This includes remote controls, TVs, door knobs, phones, bathroom flushers and the like. A sanitizing spray isn’t a bad idea. Some companies will be providing them.
- When you arrive at your destination take off your travel clothes and have them laundered quickly.
Every cruise line, airline and hotel is working to improve sanitation but we can’t list them all. You can go to any of their web sites to learn just how they are dealing with coronavirus containment.
Hopefully we’ll be up in the air or at sea in the near future. And when we get the green light Pavlus Travel is ready to book and help plan your trip.