Cruise bosses will be hoping a new “Covid-19 framework for cruise operators” will be enough to convince ministers to lift the Foreign Office’s advice against cruising – although Clia has admitted no restart date is currently in sight.
The new framework was released on Friday (October 2) by the UK Chamber of Shipping, which has worked closely with Clia, Department for Transport, Maritime Coastguard Agency and Public Health England over the last six months to develop the guidance, which is based on framework currently being used by cruise lines in Europe.
Clia chair Tony Roberts told TTG “it was critical [the industry] worked and collaborated with the various government agencies to make sure we had a UK specific document”.
Andy Harmer, Clia UK and Ireland director said the framework was “a really important first step”, which “shows the protocols are working in Europe”.
“We’ve seen that resumption of cruising, albeit phased, in the Mediterranean.”
The document isn’t mandatory for Clia members but instead provides guidance on issues such as social distancing in public areas, capacity limits and how restaurants should be managed. "This is very much a framework document, so this sets out the areas by which the cruise lines will then develop their own policies and procedures," Harmer explained.
Roberts said it would allow “cruise operators and the broader industry to start to prepare returns to service”.