Until further notice, Windstar Cruises requires current proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all guests. The operator of the small boat is planning a gradual resumption of the trip, which is expected to begin in June.
The company reports that many destinations and some airlines have announced or are considering the introduction of vaccines.
Looking at the science of the virus, we see consistent recommendations for masks, social distancing, testing and better cleaning, said Andrew Todd, CEO of Windstar and parent company Xanterra Travel Collection. In response, Windstar has developed a new program, Beyond Conventional Care, which is a multi-pronged strategy with key elements at the hospital level: HEPA filters and ultraviolet irradiation that kills bacteria to filter and disinfect the air, and backpack sprayers to disinfect all surfaces on our yachts.
Chris Prelog, president of Windstar Cruises, receives COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Windstar Cruises)
According to Windstar, the current government and media indicate that those who want to sail have time to get vaccinated before they go. Crew members should be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.
The vaccine requirement may change as the CDC guidelines evolve, the company said, adding that it will regularly review this and all other COVID-19 guidelines to update them as the pandemic evolves.
The company plans to begin work on the 19th. June with the Star Breeze in the Caribbean and the Wind Star in the Mediterranean.
The Spirit of the Wind is scheduled to depart Tahiti on July 15 and then sail to the Mediterranean on August 8, where the windsurfing service will take place.
Star Legend will begin sailing on the 4th. September in Northern Europe and Star Pride on the 3rd. November in the Caribbean.
The first Windstar cruises will be operated with reduced staffing, modified itineraries and improved health and safety protocols. Windstar has also moved the final settlement date from 120 days to 60 days prior to cruise departure.
At the cruise terminal, before embarkation, guests have to prove that they have been vaccinated (one or two vaccinations depending on the brand) at least 14 days before the embarkation date. A negative COVID-19 test result is also required prior to loading.
Vaccination is another level of safety for all of us and is a responsible step as our yachts head back out to sea and our guests travel the world, said Christopher Prelogue, president of Windstar.
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