The UK's largest cruisetour operator TUI UK revealed how its cruise ship clients will spend time at sea in the post-pandemic travel world. According to TUI Group's CEO (Friedrich Joussen), The TUI AG's owned subsidiaries TUI Cruises Germany, Marella Cruises UK and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises would be "ready" from July 2020 to start sailings again providing they get a go-ahead from relevant authorities.
He explained that while many people loved going on a ship cruise to visit and explore various port cities, that would not be possible in the post-pandemic world. He outlined how the TUI ship travel experience would be different with more sea days and max passenger capacity of 1000 per liner.
Joussen said the ships' Captains were "developing new routes in the North and Baltic Seas." All cruisers would be required to fill out health questionnaires prior to checking in and have their temperatures taken. There would also be staggered boarding and Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on the ship and more staff in the hospital.
TUI Group's CEO also revealed that the company would only sell "holidays to safe destinations" that passed their "health check". He added that Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Denmark and Spain (including Mallorca Island) were “well prepared” for the summer 2020 season.
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