CLIA director tells how cruising will look post-pandemic

Cruising holidays will look very different after the COVID-19 crisis passes.

How cruising will look post-pandemic

Holidays on cruise ships will never look the same again.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a number of health and hygiene issues, and cruise ships have been linked to thousands of coronavirus cases around the world.

Cruise operators are desperately working on new health protocols in a bid to get the industry moving as soon as possible. These include temperature testing and a reduction in the number of passengers allowed on board.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director Joel Katz told the ABC recently that the industry was figuring out how to operate in a world with no COVID-19 vaccine.

"This virus really thrives in social situations – there is nothing more social than a cruise," he said.

Mr Katz conceded there was no quick fix and all options were on the table.

"[That includes] the health questionnaires that [passengers] will be required to fill in, the screening, testing, every aspect of the onboard operation including the onboard medical capabilities all the way through to when the guest gets home," he said.

Other changes being considered include reducing the number of passengers allowed in theatres and offering more meal times, so that tables and chairs can be more spaced out throughout the dining areas.

Some of the other options being considered by cruise lines around the world include a ban on self-service buffets and restrictions on who’s allowed to travel, with a ban on those most at risk (aged over 70 or suffering from a serious chronic illness).

As with all travel industry sectors, there will also be enhanced cleaning protocols on ships once they return to the waters.

While it is common for crew to regularly wash and disinfect high-touch surfaces, this will go into overdrive when cruising returns. Passengers will also have to be more responsible for hygiene, with strict rules about using hand sanitiser before entering common and dining areas.

What changes do you expect to see when cruising eventually resumes? Will you feel safe enough to go cruising again after this crisis?

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    13th Jun 2020
    I hve had 5 cancelled cruises so fa this yearr, my next cruise is November, then December. Happy to go on a cruise as soon as allowed. I am in 3 FB cruising groups and most of us feel the same way.
    I have never been happy with the self service buffet. P&O stopped the self serve buffet on all their ships years ago, even as long ago as over 4 years. Not 1 virus case on any of their ships!
    13th Jun 2020
    Why would you insurance against further way of guaranteeing the control of persons coming onto the ship ( other port providores and service providers etc,)
    Take all the temperature checks you like , these vessels are just huge incubators for transmissions.
    Then again if your desire out-ways common sense , then go ahead, but don’t expect the tax payer to bale you out .
    13th Jun 2020
    Maybe need to educate the staff also!!! Most come from filthy countries with little hygiene... I hate cruising they are for people who are too scared to really travel.... I’m a solo traveller ... cruised once and was so bored!!!! Eat When told leave in lines off boats ... get threatened if you miss getting back on.... no thanks... like a prison.
    13th Jun 2020
    MJM I have travelled and lived overseas, I have also travelled extensively around australia, been to every capital city about 4 or 5 times. I have even climbed Uluru- when it was allowed in the 70's.
    I reject your asumption "they are for people who are too scared to really travel". You go on 1 cruise and now claim to be an expert!
    13th Jun 2020
    I also reject the terrible things you said about the crew. Coming from filthy countries.
    That is a discrimainatory thing to say.
    Did you ever seem them doing 'filthy things". It doesn't matter where the crew comes from, they are well trained in Hygiene on the ships regardless of where they come from.
    13th Jun 2020
    leek.. you are so wrong and I totally agree with MJM.. I too have lived overseas in more than one country and traveled extensively.. All I will say is" good luck defending the personal hygiene of ships providers and the unknown 3rd. parties operating behind them"
    I have seen too much in the past and nothing will change as long as there is a $ to be made.
    13th Jun 2020
    The larger cruises we have been on were full of over 70s passengers, does not apply to P&O Australia but certainly does for P&O UK. Not taking over 70s would be the death knell for world cruises as no one else has the time available to be away from home for 200 days, never mind having the funds to do it. I have been everywhere apart from Antarctica, was very popular before the pandemic. Was on the last cruise coming home January 6 this year and have cancelled all future ones.
    13th Jun 2020
    yep mariner- not sure what will happen if they ban over 70's and people with health issues. P&O australia also have a large amount of older people. But it depends on where the cruise is going. I have noticed less on the Island cruises and more on the NZ cruises.
    What ever form cruising comes back in, it will not be the same as before. But it will get back to that point. almost 29 million people cruised last year. A large amount of those
    people would be happy repeat cruisers.
    13th Jun 2020
    We were meant to cruise this September but the pandemic has put me off going on one again.Banning buffets is a good idea. Ban over 70s and they could become party ships which will put families off, or vice versa. I agree with Mariner it will be the death for all long cruises
    13th Jun 2020
    Not discriminatory Leek if it’s a fact...also the fact you cancelled 5 cruises for this year only proves you don’t really travel. So before you tell me about hygiene go to the countries where the crews on your bloody ships come from. I guarantee you they still toilet with their hands....down in the bellows of the shiny decks you are on .....
    13th Jun 2020
    If the crew did what you are accusing them of in their own cabins below the decks then every single 29 million people that cruised last year would get sick.
    the numbers prove what you say is very very very wrong.

    I have done the ships tours where we go into the bellows of the ships, and it as clean downstairs as it is upstairs. the cruise ships have more health inspections that any restaurant.
    13th Jun 2020
    I did not cancel the cruise line has cancelled my cruises. I have not cancelled a Single cruise this year, and for the record I have done 24 cruises. And this is on top of travelling around Australia, travelling around Europe, done various holidays to the US, the most recent was in 2016 to New york and washington with my daugher.
    And also living in the UK for 9 months when the 'wall' came down, have also worked in Singapore for a month, been to bali, would you like me to keep on going???
    13th Jun 2020
    Myself sailed and worked on most types of ships.The hygiene of passenger's is not always what we expect.Seen seasick people spewing overboard,whipping the missed bit with their hand of the rail followed opening the doors with same hands to get inside .Bon voyage.

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