TUI has shared what the future of its Marella Cruises will look like.
The travel firm hopes customers will be able to take trips from October, but guidelines currently warn against sailing.
Cruises will look very different from how they did before the coronavirus pandemic.
Health and safety measures have been put in place to keep holidaymakers and crew safe.
Face mask rules, one way systems and socially distanced entertainment are among the changes being implemented.
TUI is also rolling out a Marella Promise to protect those who have made bookings, the Mirror reports.
What TUI Marella Cruises will look like when restrictions lift…
All passengers will be asked to take a health screening complete with a questionnaire and temperature check. Their luggage will be disinfected before it's taken on board to their cabin.
To help maintain social distancing, there will be fewer guests onboard each sailing.
There will be signs for one-way systems around the ship, and customers "may be asked to wear face masks at times either onboard or ashore".
Both cabins and public areas will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned, while increased numbers of hand sanitiser stations will be placed around the ship.
All crew will be given COVID-19 training and will be wearing protective equipment, and the cruise line will continue to have a cashless service using customers' onboard accounts.
On board activities
Ships' entertainment programmes will operate as normal, but there will be changes made to the set up so that social distancing can be maintained.
As for those who want to hit the pool? There will be a reduced capacity, and sunbeds will be spaced further apart.
When it comes to meals, the buffet restaurants will see holidaymakers will taken to their tables and served by staff to minimise social contact.
Passengers will also be encouraged to use the onboard Navigate app to book excursions and restaurants.
All excursions ashore will be checked in line with safety guidelines.
The cruise line is also offering extra flexibility in that you can cancel a booked excursion up to 24 hours beforehand.
The Marella Promise
In a bid to give passengers peace of mind, the company has also introduced the 'Marella Promise' with a few new factors being taken into consideration for sailings and bookings.
For example, the cruise will operate quarantine-free cruises and won’t travel to destinations with isolating measures in place.
If there are significant changes to an itinerary or facilities, there is a chance a cruise won't go ahead, but customers would be offered a range of options.
The cruise line is also offering a flexible booking policy for any trips booked before the 30th September 2020; if customers book but decide they no longer want to travel, they can amend to a later date for free.
You can find out more on the TUI website.
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