Saga has claimed a cruise first by becoming the first line to secure what it has described as a "crucial" safety marker ahead of a planned resumption of cruise operations in the spring.
Maritime safety expert Lloyd’s Register has awarded Saga its Shield+ accreditation for its efforts to evidence how it can operate in a Covid-secure manner; the stamp is the highest category of health assurance offered by Lloyd’s.
The accreditation covers six key areas where health risks are greater and safety must be of paramount importance; these extend to medical treatment, Covid policy, food, onboard ventilation, accommodation and water supply.
Achieving the Shield+ standard means Saga has exceeded necessary levels of compliance in every category of the UK Chamber of Shipping’s government-backed Covid-secure cruising guidance.
Saga said the award followed "months of detailed planning", which involved designing and implementing new ship-wide procedures to meet higher standards of health and safety.
Both Saga’s new-builds, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure, which is due to sail for the first time next May, have been accredited.