The Basel Switzerland-headquartered river cruise shipping company Scylla Cruises announced the sailing of 34 vessels on Europe’s waterways, thus becoming one of the first river cruise brands to resume service after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The shipowner Scylla AG has a fleet of premium riverboats most of which are mainly chartered to clients. According to Scylla AG's CEO - Arno Reitsma, all necessary safety, security and hygiene standards had been implemented onboard all their boats. One of the measures was maintaining safe distances during the entire onboard time. Only registered passengers who had previously undergone health checks would be allowed to embark on the ship.
Fewer passengers on the riverboats, compulsory facemasks, regular disinfection and serving drinks and meals directly to the table are also part of the new measures. In addition, on each voyage will be present a physician for consultations and health checks for all crew and passengers.
Scylla also offers the new “mini-cruises” (shorter itineraries) that are proving to be very popular.