AmaWaterways has resumed river cruising in Europe with charter sailings for guests in Germany.
The line implemented a number of enhanced health and hygiene procedures during its initial voyage onboard AmaKristina this week – its first since pausing operations due to Covid-19.
The vessel - normally able to accommodate 150 guests – carried only 100 in line with current regulations, while pre-boarding health questionnaires and daily temperature checks for crew and guests were carried out.
Crew also received updated health and safety training and each ship will have a designated public health officer.
Staff must also wear face coverings at all times, while guests only wear them while moving around the ship.
With capacity currently capped, the ship’s main restaurant and speciality venue can accommodate the required social distancing measures and new room service options have also been added.
Plexiglass dividers have been installed in lounge areas and guests given personal portable Quietvox commentary system, allowing them to hear guides at a distance while on small group excursions.
Ama’s ships also feature fan coil cooling and heating units, eliminating any recirculation of air in staterooms or public areas, while a large number of staterooms have balconies.
Co-founder and executive vice-president, Kristin Karst, said: “As the proud godmother of our award-winning AmaKristina, I am honoured that she was our very first river cruise ship to set sail in Europe this summer.
“Although many countries continue to have travel restrictions in place, we have begun operating a series of sailings for European guests, in collaboration with an established German tour operator, e-hoi.
“With these sailings, we have been able to put into practice and perfect our enhanced health and safety protocols while demonstrating that travellers can enjoy our unforgettable river cruise holidays with peace of mind.
“Since we started AmaWaterways 18 years ago, we’ve been passionate about creating luxurious, authentic and inspiring river cruises for every traveller.
“The personal connections and warm service experienced during an AmaWaterways’ river cruise remain as important as ever to us, and the new health and safety protocols just add additional peace of mind for our guests while onboard.”