Bahamas Paradise Hopes To Resume Sailings 25JUL At 60% Capacity
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line says it hopes to resume sailings onboard Grand Celebration on 25JUL and onboard Grand Classica 02OCT. The cruise line has detailed enhanced health and safety measures that include sailing at 60% capacity in order to facilitate social distancing, removing buffets, mandatory temperature checks, masks for frontline crew and more.
The line's Cruise & Stay Program, which lets guests extend their stay in the Bahamas for up to four nights at one of the company’s resort partners, will also be available for bookings beginning 02OCT.
“The wellness of our passengers and crew members remains our top priority, and as such, passengers can expect enhanced sanitization procedures from embarkation to disembarkation so that they can enjoy a relaxing, safe, stress-free getaway. We look forward to welcoming everyone onboard soon!” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Click here for a full list of health and safety measures that will be implemented by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Here are some highlights:
Closing two-passenger stateroom decks to reduce crowds onboard the ship
Limit the number of in-use staterooms to reduce onboard capacity by 40%
These protocols will encourage social distancing and provide one of the highest guests to space ratios in the industry
Embarkation and disembarkation:
Passenger luggage will be disinfected prior to onboard delivery
Mandatory touch-free temperature checks and pre-boarding health declarations for all guests
Online check-in for guests
Sanitization of all cabins with hospital-grade disinfectants
Fogging of vacant cabins and twice-daily wipe down of hallways
All onboard public areas will undergo a two-tier sanitization process, which includes cleansing and fogging using hospital-grade disinfectant. Frequency includes:
Elevators every two hours
Public areas and facilities up to ten times per day
Frequently touched areas, including handrails, table-tops, and door handles will be sterilized every hour
All onboard areas will include fully stocked self-service hand sanitizer stations
Restaurants and bar areas will be cleaned and sanitized three times a day
Self-service buffet stations have been suspended; all food and beverage will be served by crew members wearing face masks, hats, aprons, and gloves
Tables and seating areas will keep guests six feet apart to facilitate social distancing
Entertainment and recreation:
Tour buses for excursions will be reduced to 50 percent capacity, sanitized frequently, and tour operators will be trained using guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Practices and standards for crew members:
Twice daily temperature checks
All frontline crew are required to wear face masks, and all food service crew serving guests in the buffet are required to wear disposable hats, aprons, masks, and gloves
Fresh air ventilation system:
Implemented a fresh air ventilation system to ensure healthy air quality in all onboard cabins and common areas
All air filters and cooling coils will be thoroughly checked, cleaned and replaced as needed
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.