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Health & Safety Protocols – Amawaterways

Health and Safety Protocols – Amawaterways Updated: July 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM PST

The world has changed; however, our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and crew remains of the utmost importance to us. We want to reassure you that we are working with global health authorities and local governments in the U.S. and around the world to follow all the most up-to-date health and safety protocols, some of which we have summarized for you below.Our experienced staff and crew have undergone special training and will be advised and guided by a Public Health Officer. As always, our crew will be on hand to take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy your much-anticipated river cruise vacation.

Please note: As new information becomes available, the Health and Safety Protocols below will be updated. Further details will be provided in your Digital Travel Documents prior to departure.

For Our Guests
Whether you are a loyal past guest or are considering river cruising with us for the first time, we thank you for entrusting AmaWaterways with your future river cruise plans. Here are some of the measures we are taking to protect our guests on board and ashore:

Pre-Cruise
Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required.

Embarkation
At embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. If, for any reason, further testing is required, shoreside medical treatment centers are within close proximity.

On Board
Protocols continue to change; however, at this time, guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces.

We will have ample hand sanitizers available throughout the ship and their frequent use is required by all guests and crew.
Our crew has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures throughout the ship.

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We use state-of-the-art fan coil air conditioning units; there is no recirculating of air on board our ships.

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There will be limitations to the number of guests allowed to sail with us.

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Your luggage handles will be sanitized before delivery to your stateroom.

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Safety and social distancing will be enhanced throughout our dining room.

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You will still get plenty of fresh air and exercise as our bicycles, fitness mats and equipment will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Use of the Fitness Room is by appointment with cleaning time between use.

Throughout Europe and Asia, we provide a variety of onboard wellness activities led by professionally trained Wellness Hosts. Whenever weather permits, these small-group classes will be held on our spacious open-air Sun Decks.

Non-essential visitors are not permitted on board.
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Exploring Ashore
Your personal portable Quietvox commentary systems will allow you to hear guides while social distancing.

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Shore excursions will be conducted in small groups. Guests must use hand sanitizers when getting on and off our coaches that are thoroughly cleaned each morning.
In the event that ships are docked side by side, guests will be required to pass over Sun Decks.

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For Our Crew
Pre-Cruise

Pre-boarding medical test and isolation periods, in-depth health and safety training, face coverings and social distancing are required.

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On Board

All our crew have participated in in-depth training on enhanced operating protocols led by our experienced corporate Designated Hygiene Officer in consultation with international and national health authorities. Each ship has their own Public Health Officer overseeing all aspects of health and sanitation for guests and crew.

Health will be monitored for potential symptoms as well as through twice daily temperature checks.

Crew will be required to wear face coverings during working hours and continue to respect social distancing in their living quarters.
We are continuously monitoring the updates from global health authorities and local governments in the U.S. and around the world with regards to the ongoing situation. These temporary conditions are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Please contact us with any questions or see our Travel Advisory FAQ.
*Enhanced protocols are subject to change by local authorities and may vary in certain destinations.

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Viking Risk Free Booking

Book Now! Plan Your Voyage Risk Free.

• ? Change Your Cruise Date Up Until 24 Hours of Departure
• ? All Change Fees Are Waived
• ? The Ultimate Flexibility: You Have 24 Months to Select Your New Cruise Date
• ? Combinable with All Other Viking Offers

Call a Viking Expert at 1-800-2-VIKING or see your Travel Advisor. Offer Expires August 31, 2020.

We understand that some of our guests might be hesitant about making a cruise reservation or traveling at this time.
That is why Viking is offering a limited-time offer—the most flexible of any cruise line—so that you can plan your voyage with peace of mind. The Risk-Free Guarantee allows guests to change their cruise date up until 24 hours before their planned departure—and Viking will waive any fees. This offer covers all Viking reservations that are made between May 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.

Risk-Free Guarantee: How it Works
• To be covered by this guarantee, you must make a reservation between May 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.
• This guarantee is combinable with all other Viking offers available.
• When you are covered by the Risk-Free Guarantee you may change your cruise reservation with notification to Viking. Notification must be received as follows:
o For those with flights arranged by Viking, it must be received at least 24 hours prior to the time of flight departure.
o For those who arrange their own flights, it must be received at least 24 hours prior to the time of cruise embarkation or hotel check-in, whichever is first.
• Should you wish to change your reservation, you can choose which policy works best for you: Viking’s Risk-Free Guarantee or standard cancellation policy.
o Reservation changes under the Risk-Free Guarantee will be reimbursed in the form of a Risk-Free Guarantee Future Cruise Voucher in the amount of 100% of all monies paid to Viking.
• Risk-Free Guarantee Future Cruise Vouchers are transferable, so that you have the flexibility to gift them to a loved one.
• Guests will have 24 months to select their new date and use their Risk-Free Guarantee Future Cruise Voucher to make a new reservation on any river, ocean or expedition cruise.

The Viking Difference
• A Fleet of Award-Winning Small Ships
• Veranda Staterooms and Suites
• Viking Inclusive Value
• The Thinking Person’s Cruise
• No Children, No Casinos, No Nickel and Diming
• Risk-Free Guarantee – The Most Flexible Way to Plan a Voyage!

At Viking, your experience means the world to us. We hope that the flexibility provided by this guarantee truly puts your mind at ease when it comes to the decision of whether or not to travel. We look forward to exploring the world with you, whenever and wherever you choose to sail with us.
Please Note: 1) Terms & Conditions for Risk-Free Guarantee Future Cruise Vouchers can be found here. 2) For guests who made a reservation by April 30, 2020, the details of that Risk-Free Guarantee can be found here.

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EXPLORE RIVER CRUISESEXPLORE OCEAN CRUISESEXPLORE EXPEDITIONS

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New Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols – Oceania

New Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols – Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is working with our Healthy Sail Panel – a team of cross-disciplinary experts enlisted to guide the cruise industry’s way forward in response to COVID-19. Co-chaired by Governor Michael Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is comprised of globally recognized specialists in public health to develop, implement and continually evolve industry-leading standards. Our Health and Safety Protocols cover all aspects of onboard and shoreside operations to protect our guests, crew and the communities we visit.

Meet Our Experts
Introducing Oceania Cruises’ HEALTHY SAIL PANEL — a team of cross-disciplinary experts enlisted to guide the cruise industry’s way forward in response to COVID-19. Comprised of globally recognized specialists in public health, infectious diseases, hospitality and maritime operations, the panel will advise us on a science-backed plan for a healthy return to service that protects our guests and crew as well as the communities we visit. To see list go to https://www.oceaniacruises.com/health/

Safety For Our Ships
Our concern for your health and well-being begins well before your journey starts and continues each and every day aboard our ships, which feature stringent health and sanitation protocols. To see more go to https://www.oceaniacruises.com/health/

Safety For Our Guests
We’ve engaged some of the world’s most experienced medical experts to develop industry-leading protocols to keep you healthy and safe – to see more go to https://www.oceaniacruises.com/health/

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Holland America Enhances Health Protocals

HOLLAND AMERICA ENHANCES HEALTH PROTOCALS

Traveling & Staying Healthy
At Holland America Line, our highest priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. Our sanitation protocols have always been at the forefront of the cruise industry with comprehensive cleaning of public areas and staterooms with Oxivir, a solution used by many hospitals for cleaning and killing germs. Hand sanitizer also has been readily available, and staff have encouraged its use. However, we will elevate these existing sanitation practices to even greater levels, providing our guests with confidence and peace of mind when sailing with us.

Health Enhancements Currently Being Planned
Final protocols and practices will be provided with final documentation when cruising resumes. Specifics may change.
When society is ready and cruising resumes, we will sail with strengthened health measures developed in conjunction with government health authorities, public health experts, local ports and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). We also are working closely with the top minds in medical science and infectious disease control to understand the unique challenges posed by this virus and how best to apply the latest science and protocols throughout the guest experience — from transfers and check-in to shipboard operations and shore excursions.

With the current global health environment still evolving, our operational protocols will be flexible and may be modified to quickly adapt as guidance evolves with greater scientific understanding. In August 2020, our sister brand located in Germany, AIDA Cruises, will begin operating cruise departures with heightened protocols, providing valuable experience for the Carnival Corporation brands.

HEALTH SCREENING AND EDUCATION
• All guests and crew embarking a ship will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screening in accordance with prevailing health best practices. This may include health questionnaires and touch-free temperature checks as appropriate.
• Those identified at risk will undergo an additional health evaluation by medical staff.
• Health checks will continue as appropriate throughout the cruise for guests and crew.
• Establishing rapid response and contact tracing plans for every cruise in case of onboard illness.

ENHANCED SANITATION PROCEDURES
• Expanded disinfection methods using emerging and advanced technologies that are proven effective against coronavirus and other germs.
• Routinely use a safe disinfectant proven to quickly kill novel coronaviruses with the latest application advice for COVID-19 and other germs.
• Staterooms and public areas sanitized multiple times a day with cleaning and disinfection protocols developed in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
• Extensive sanitization of transfer coaches and terminals.

GUEST EXPERIENCE
• Responsible physical distancing managed by adjusting the flow, timing and size of groups.
• Additional handwashing facilities and hand-sanitizing stations positioned in high-traffic areas throughout the ship.
• Provide regular health information about the ways to stay healthy on board and when ashore through daily programming, entertainment systems, announcements, in-stateroom literature and our Navigator App.

HEALTH CARE
• A team of highly trained medical staff are part of the crew, including qualified doctors and nurses who have experience in caring for a broad range of medical conditions.
• Shipboard Medical Centers that have both outpatient and inpatient facilities including critical care capabilities.
• Shipboard Medical Centers modified for infection control best practices, including dedicated air handling systems with 100% fresh air supply and HEPA exhaust filtration.
• Stocking the latest therapeutics and dispensing medication on board that improves clinical outcomes.
• Establish extensive COVID-19 testing capabilities on board and/or ashore with designated laboratories for potential cases aboard ship.
• Dedicated isolation and quarantine staterooms should they be needed.
• Ongoing training and education of shipboard medical staff in the latest clinical care practices for managing COVID-19 cases.
• Partnerships with local and regional medical providers.
• Training of all crew in COVID-19 health protocols and how to assist with monitoring compliance with health measures by both guests and crew.

VENTILATION SYSTEMS
• Enhanced fresh air distribution into public spaces and staterooms.
• HEPA filtration systems to key areas such as Medical Centers and dedicated isolation rooms.
• Collaboration with Local Partners
• Working with local health authorities, destinations and other key partners to ensure alignment on our enhanced health measures.
• Monitor disease activity and health regulations in the destinations we visit, and adjust the itinerary as necessary.

COLLABORATION WITH LOCAL PARTNERS
• Working with local health authorities, destinations and other key partners to ensure alignment on our enhanced health measures.
• Monitor disease activity and health regulations in the destinations we visit, and adjust the itinerary as necessary

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Carnivals Commitment – Health & Sailing

CARNIVAL’S COMMITMENT – HEALTH & SAILING

It’s been a year of seismic change. And the change will continue. That’s why we are prepared to continue to evolve our practices to promote public health.
As you’ve adapted to this new normal, we want to say, “Thanks for your patience.” And we’re right there with you, as we evaluate every part of the Carnival experience to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit.

The goal of our Cruise Health program is simple: to give you peace of mind when cruising with us so you can focus on the fun. We’re working with government health authorities, public health experts, local ports and the Cruise Lines International Association to create these measures. And to make sure we’re constantly adapting to best practices, we continue our conversations with the best minds in science. The goal will be effective protocols and resources to continue to take care of the needs of our guests, crew and stakeholders.

As we look forward to the eventual resumption of cruising, we’ll continue to not only adapt with the world, but lead the industry with a first class commitment to health. Check out our framework below, and watch this page for more details when the time is right. We can’t wait to cruise with you soon.
Health Screening and Illness Surveillance Procedures Under Consideration:
All guests and crew embarking a ship will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screening in accordance with prevailing health best practices, such as health questionnaires and touch-free temperature checks as appropriate

Envromental Sanitations

Routinely use a safe disinfectant proven to quickly kill novel coronaviruses; Staterooms and public areas sanitized more frequently with cleaning and disinfection protocols developed in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Ships and terminals undergo a more thorough sanitization between cruises

Guest Experience Protocols Will Incorporate

Responsible physical distancing managed by adjusting the flow, timing and size of groups;
Hand Hygiene – Additional handwashing facilities and hand sanitizing stations positioned in high-traffic areas throughout the ship;
Health Information – providing regular health reminders about the ways to stay healthy onboard and onshore

Health Care Resources Will Include

A team of highly-trained medical staff including qualified doctors and nurses who have experience in caring for a broad range of medical conditions
Medical Centers that have both outpatient and inpatient facilities including critical care capabilities
Medical Centers modified for infection control best practices including dedicated air handling systems with 100% fresh air supply and HEPA exhaust filtration
Medication onboard that improves COVID-19 clinical outcomes

COVID-19 testing capabilities onboard and/or ashore with designated laboratories for potential cases onboard
Dedicated isolation and quarantine rooms should they be needed

Ongoing training and education of medical staff in the latest clinical care practices for managing COVID-19 cases
Partnerships with local and regional medical providers Trained onboard staff to monitor compliance with health measures
Training of all crew in COVID-19 health protocols.

Ventilation Systems

Enhanced fresh air distribution into public spaces and staterooms; HEPA filtration systems to key areas such as medical centers and dedicated isolation rooms

We Are Committed to Partnerships with Local Stakeholders As We: Work with local health authorities, destinations and other key stakeholders to ensure alignment on our enhanced health measures; Monitor disease activity and health regulations in the destinations we visit and adjust the itinerary as necessary

#carnival #safety #health #expediacruises #traveladvisor #airlandseavacations #readytocruise

For More Information contact – Jeannine Pringle – jpringle@expediacruises.com – 250.588.0969

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Quark – Explore with Peace of Mind

Explore with Peace of Mind

Passenger health and safety have been number one priorities for Quark Expeditions for the past three decades. The challenges prompted by Covid-19 have reinforced our commitment to guest safety. Consequently, we have assembled a multi-functional task force of physicians, polar experts and industry leaders to develop the most comprehensive health and safety plan in the expedition industry to provide you with peace of mind when exploring the Polar Regions. While we continue to build out that plan, we’d like to share with you the four pillars that form the core of our approach to health and safety.
Quark Expeditions’ Four Pillars of Health and Safety
Clean Expedition Ships

WE ENSURE YOUR EXPEDITION SHIP IS CLEAN AND HEALTHY.

• Quark Expeditions’ diverse fleet of small polar vessels means you’ll never embark on a journey with more than 199 passengers. In fact, you could travel with a group as small as 110 guests. Fewer people means lower risk.
• Our vessels will continue to meet international certifications for infection prevention.
• We are reviewing every disinfectant used in our processes to ensure that they meet or exceed relevant healthcare standards, and we’ll increase the frequency of cleaning of high-risk areas.
• Our ingrained culture of disciplined operating procedures means that Quark Expeditions will enforce cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing procedures.
• We are revising our outbreak prevention manual to reduce any chance of transmission of infection.
Healthy Staff

EVERYTHING WE DO TO HELP ENSURE OUR STAFF AND CREW JOIN THE EXPEDITION HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY.

• At Quark Expeditions, we believe we have the most highly trained team of guides in the industry. Their training will be enhanced to ensure full understanding of all new health measures.
• Staff and crew will submit their travel history and health forms for medical review before they join an expedition with Quark Expeditions.
• Formalized daily health checks of staff and crew.
• Our team is investigating the right mix of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is necessary, and we will ensure that staff, crew and guests will have access to such PPE as required.
Healthy Fellow Passengers

EVERYTHING WE DO TO HELP ENSURE YOUR FELLOW PASSENGERS JOIN THE EXPEDITION HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY

• In 2019/2020 Quark Expeditions was among the earliest expedition operators to implement epidemic pre-screening measures for our passengers. Quark Expeditions did not incur ANY COVID outbreaks on our voyages. These pre-screening measures will constitute the bare minimum of standards we will implement moving forward.
• Passengers will submit travel history and health forms for medical review before they join a voyage with Quark Expeditions.
• Formalized daily health checks will ensure any passenger health concerns are actively addressed and monitored.
• We’re currently working with local hotels and airlines as well as health authorities to confirm safe and direct access.
• We’re working with local airport, seaport and health authorities to confirm embarkation and disembarkation protocols are streamlined and secure.
Healthy Expedition Environment

WE’LL DO EVERYTHING TO HELP ENSURE YOUR ENTIRE EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE IS A HEALTHY ONE.

• The polar regions are among the most remote, pristine areas of the planet, providing you with a healthy environment to explore.
• Regular guest health reporting will be implemented during all expeditions. Two licensed medical doctors will join every expedition.
• Quark Expeditions’ team of expedition doctors are carefully reviewing the infirmary equipment and other medical supplies that will ensure your safety while on your polar voyage.
• Appropriate number of isolation suites will be available should the need arise during an expedition; we’ll review this requirement regularly and adjust future voyages accordingly.
• We’re reviewing every step of the pre- and post-expedition journey to ensure we accommodate the enhanced health requirements from the moment you arrive at your destination until the moment you depart.
• We’re reviewing every minute of the expedition day to maximize the physical space between passengers, including reviewing changes to our meal service plans and to our off-ship activity planning.

Are you ready?

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2020 Peace of Mind Travel Plan – Globus

2021 PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PLAN

All 2021 travel bookings automatically come with our 2021 Peace of Mind Travel Plan*—free of charge. This plan gives guests the ability to move their booking to another destination, vacation, brand or simply a different 2021 or 2022 departure date in our vast travel portfolio, no questions asked. They just need to let us know before final payment and we’ll waive all land or cruise penalties and get them booked on new vacation.

• The 2021 Peace of Mind Travel Plan allows for any 2021 booking made on Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, Globus or Monograms to be changed to a different brand, destination or to another 2021 or 2022 departure date. Notice of change in travel plans must be given before final payment; standard cancellation penalties will apply for full cancellation without rebooking or changes made after final payment. The penalty waiver applies to the land or cruise portion of the booking only; airfares and vacations booked air-inclusive may be subject to penalties and/or change fees from the airline*. Applicable price and eligible promotions for the new tour or cruise will apply; if new trip is less expensive, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference in price. Cannot be applied to charters, custom tours, sole use, or TBA space. No cash value. Credit is fully transferable. Offer reliant on space availability. May be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. *See optional Travel Protection Plan coverage for details.

EXPLORE 2021 VACATIONS WHAT ARE YOU DREAMING UP?

Over the past few weeks, we have collectively shared the disappointment of delayed travel dreams. Because for passionate globetrotters like us, all travel is essential. While “Plan A” may have been waylaid and “Plan B” postponed, we can still move on to “Plan See.”

As the fog begins to lift, now is the time to get back to what we do best – clearly envisioning our next journeys, plotting new discoveries, and anticipating the fulfilling memories that only travel can bring. It’s what our daydreams are made of and our evening ones, too.

So go ahead – update your bucket list, start an inspiration board, learn a few foreign phrases. After all, the sun is still rising over Uluru, the Amazon is still flowing through the rainforest, Mona Lisa is still smiling, and the Queen’s Guards aren’t.

As we get closer to the joyous day that we can resume showing you the wonders of the world, keep dreaming, mapping, planning, and pinning. We certainly are.

Escapes by Globus
Europe & Central America
Asia
Africa
Australia & New Zealand
United States
Canada
Middle East
Private Touring
Undiscovered

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Globus – Suite Safe & Sound Cruising – Avalon

SUITE SAFE AND SAFE CRUISING – AVALON – BY GLOBUS – Information and protocols included here are as planned as of the publication date of July 14, 2020. Changes in local requirements are guidelines may occur and result in updates as they become available.

IN TOURING WE TRUST
Globus has always greeted the most fascinating places across the globe with unmatched intrigue, curiosity and wonder. Along the way, we’ve discovered the sights to see, encountered the people to meet, engaged in the customs to sample and indulged in the cuisine to taste. And we’ve done this while bundling unrivaled knowledge from Tour Directors and local guides with first-class accommodations and transportation to help you greet the globe on a journey that goes beyond the ordinary. In short, touring offers over-the-moon experiences without overthinking.
When travellers, like you, choose a Globus tour, you say “goodbye” to worry, leaving you free to wander and wonder about the world around you. And that idea – and promise – couldn’t be more prevalent and welcomed today. While today’s world has changed, what remains certain is Globus’ commitment to your safety, comfort and peace-of-mind.

TRUST IN TOGETHERNESS.
When you travel with Globus, you’re choosing to explore the world in a select group of like-minded travellers: People who stick together, from start-to-finish. Now more than ever, there’s great comfort – and extraordinary confidence – in that choice.

SMALL GROUPS, BIG EXPERIENCES.
Globus makes it easy to explore the world with calm and confidence with Small Group Discoveries available in many destinations. With an average of 24 guests per departure (in some cases even fewer), there’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travellers—while still getting up close to fascinating attractions and the stories that make experiences feel personal and connected.

GETTING AROUND, SAFE & SOUND.
Rest assured our state-of-the-art coaches and vehicles have undergone thorough cleaning protocols between tours, and each day starts with a freshly-cleaned motorcoach and touch-ups at each stop. Before you board, we will provide hand sanitizer, luggage disinfection and assigned seating to prevent the spread of germs.

OUR TDS ARE THE BEES KNEES.
No one knows the ins and outs of your destination like your Globus Tour Director And no one is better equipped to ensure your time with us is both happy and healthy. Their local insights and experience, along with support from our local operations offices, means there’s someone always looking out for you, 24/7. Enhanced health and safety training keeps them a step ahead of potential on-trip issues, and allows them to focus on your well-being and comfort throughout your journey.

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.
Globus has hand-picked each and every hotel we use, vetted to meet our standards of quality, cleanliness, service and amenities. Each hotel has been checked to ensure they are meeting or exceeding government-mandated standards, and each must pass our strict health and safety requirements before you set foot in the lobby.

THE LURE OF THE LESS TRAVELLED.
While it might be the iconic sights of the world that first entice us to pack our bags for adventure, it’s often the tucked-away towns, lesser-known nooks and secluded seafronts that beckon us to return.
Our “Undiscovered” series of tours invite you to trade the Colosseum for the narrow lanes of Tuscan towns; the hustle and bustle of London for the quiet landscapes of the English countryside; Europe’s seas of tourists for the coastal villages of the Mediterranean and the crowded cities of North America for smaller, crowd-pleasing gems, from sea to shining sea.

CAREFREE CONFIDENCE.
The world has changed, but what remains certain is our commitment to guest safety and peace-of-mind while travelling. Not only have we enhanced our on-trip health and safety protocols with our new Assurance program, we are also offering you risk-free, hassle-free and strings-free bookings.
See our Peace of Mind Travel Plan. »

Channeling the lyrics and sentiment of Bob Marley, when travellers explore the world with us – on tour – they can feel confident knowing that… “every little thing is going to be alright.”

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELLING WITH US
Globus is dedicated to giving our guests a safe, stress-free getaway. To that end, with help from our Global Health & Safety Team, we’ve established a set of enhanced pre- and on-trip protocols and procedures to ensure health – and happiness – throughout your journey with us.
View On-Trip Protocols & Procedures »

BEFORE YOU GO
We’ll take every step to ensure you and your travelling companions are ready for the journey. Along with a host of pre-trip information to help you prepare for your tour, you’ll have access to the GlobusGO App—a great resource for your tour schedule and details, your destination, and any updates related to your trip.
And as an additional assurance measure, we’re providing guests with a set of health and safety advice and instructions, ensuring that all health considerations have been taken into account before leaving home.
View Health & Safety Waiver ».

CARE-FREE OPTIONS
Globus offers Small Group Discoveries for many destinations, giving you the option to limit your fellow travellers to an average of just 24, or fewer, in some cases.
View Plan Details »
Plus, we’re here for you. Our Vacation Planners are available every day to answer questions and ensure you’re confident in your upcoming journey—we love to hear from you!
Talk to an Expert »

WELCOME!
On arrival, you’ll receive a warm welcome by your Globus Tour Director. A travel expert who’s ready, willing and able to ensure that you have a healthy and happy journey with us—here’s how:
• They’re trained on our enhanced health and safety protocols
• They’re supported 24/7 by our local offices, who are well-equipped to handle on-trip issues
• They have extensive local knowledge to help navigate your destination safely, including helping you avoid long lines and crowds, where and whenever possible
• Tour Directors and local guides wear face masks when with guests, while drivers will have approved PPE headgear, ensuring the spread of joy, not germs
Globus’ enhanced welcoming procedures are in place, ensuring guests have a safe start to their journey. These procedures include:
• Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests, Tour Directors and drivers. If you have a high temperature or are feeling sick, your Tour Director will assist in finding local medical facilities.
• Direction and details on social distancing throughout the journey.
• Luggage disinfection each time it’s loaded or unloaded onto the motorcoach.

WHILE TRAVELLING
On tour with Globus, guests remove many “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, hotel check-ins and check-outs and the purchase of sightseeing tickets. All this ensures only hearts are touched, not hands. Even better? Our Tour Directors secure expedited entry into must-see attractions, which means no waiting in long, crowded queues of people.

And wireless listening technology – including our Globus Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between our guests and other travellers on excursions. For moments when touch is necessary, Tour Directors and motorcoaches are equipped with hand sanitizer at-the-ready.

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.
Globus has hand-picked each and every hotel we use, vetted to meet our standards of quality, cleanliness, service and amenities. Each hotel has been checked to ensure they are meeting or exceeding government-mandated standards, and each must pass our strict health and safety requirements before you set foot in the lobby.

GETTING AROUND, SAFE & SOUND.
Rest assured our state-of-the-art coaches and vehicles have undergone thorough cleaning between tours, and each day starts with a freshly-cleaned motorcoach as well as touch-ups at each stop. Before you board, we will provide hand sanitizer, luggage disinfection and assigned seating to prevent the spread of germs. Additionally, we won’t seat you next to anyone outside your travelling party, which means for solo travellers, we’ll reserve an extra empty seat next to you.
Throughout your tour, our Tour Directors will keep an eye out for you, ensuring there’s appropriate social distancing, both while travelling and at attractions and restaurants, and making sure bags and coaches are sanitized each day.

And while you enjoy your vacation, we are working behind-the-scenes to offer you safety with hands-free services, as traditional self-services have been replaced by staff service, including self-served buffet meals.

HEADING FOR HOME
Our aim is that your tour leaves you as healthy—and happy—as when you left (we strive for happier!). Efficient and reliable airport transfers are available (and are included when you purchase flights with us), so that’s one less thing to worry about.
And, as you prepare for the journey home, If you need any assistance or are not feeling 100%, just let your Tour Director know and we can help find local medical assistance to get you ship-shape before your return.

Globus will continue to review and update Assurance initiatives as we make our return to the world, including adhering to – and building upon – the standards set forth by travel and health agencies across the globe, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC), the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

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Royal Caribbean & Norwegian Enhanced Health & Safety Policies

Royal Caribbean & Norwegian Cruise Line Collaborate To Develop Enhanced Health And Safety Standards
By the Avid Cruiser – July 7, 2020

Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The companies have asked Governor Mike Leavitt and Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as co-chairs of a newly formed group of experts called the “Healthy Sail Panel.” The panel is tasked with collaboratively developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to COVID-19, improve safety, and achieve readiness for the safe resumption of operations.

The expert panel has been working for nearly a month and will offer its initial recommendations by the end of August. The cruise lines said its work will be “open source,” and could be freely adopted by any company or industry that would benefit from the group’s scientific and medical insights.
“This unprecedented disease requires us to develop unprecedented standards in health and safety,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group. “Bringing aboard these respected experts to guide us forward demonstrates our commitment to protecting our guests, our crews and the communities we visit.”

“We compete for the vacationing consumer’s business every day, but we never compete on health and safety standards,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “While the cruise industry has always had rigorous health standards, the unique challenges posed by COVID-19 provide an opportunity to raise the bar even higher.”

“Health and safety are the highest priority for all CLIA cruise line members as demonstrated by this initiative on the part of two of our largest members. We commend this and parallel efforts of all of our members, large and small, who are working tirelessly to develop appropriate protocols based on input from health authorities and medical experts in the U.S. and abroad,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Fain and Del Rio said they initiated the panel to assure the plans they will submit to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other regulators apply the best available public health, science and engineering insights. The work of the panel will be shared with the entire industry and regulators.

“In convening the Healthy Sail Panel, we sought the participation of a diverse group of leading experts in areas of science and public health that are directly relevant to the considerations listed by the No Sail Order,” said Governor Leavitt. “We view our work as a profoundly important public health effort. The health and safety of passengers, crew, and the communities that cruise ships visit will be the principal focus of this project.”
Dr. Gottlieb said, “We know that the public health issues that must be addressed are complex, and in some areas, tackling them will require novel approaches. Our goal in assembling this team of leading experts was to develop best practices that can improve safety and provide a roadmap for reducing the risks of COVID-19.”

The panel is co-chaired by Governor Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The panel’s members are globally recognized experts from various disciplines, including public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality and maritime operations.

The members of the expert panel:

Governor Mike Leavitt
Mike Leavitt was a three-term Governor of Utah and served as Administrator of the EPA and Secretary of HHS under President George W. Bush. He is the founder of Leavitt Partners, a firm that provides investment support, data and analytics, member-based alliances, and direct services to clients to support decision-making strategies in the value economy.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Dr. Scott Gottlieb was the Commissioner of the FDA from 2017-2019 and served as the agency’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs from 2005-2007. He is a physician trained in internal medicine and is currently a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Helene Gayle MD, MPH
Dr. Gayle is CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations. Prior to this role, for almost a decade, she was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the CDC, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. She also launched the McKinsey Social Initiative (now McKinsey.org), a nonprofit that builds partnerships for social impact.
Dr. Gayle serves on public company and nonprofit boards, including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America, the ONE Campaign, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH
Dr. Julie L. Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer for Merck, leading all aspects of strategic communications, global public policy, population health and patient engagement.
A former head of the CDC and a world-renowned public health expert, Dr. Gerberding is committed to achieving sustainable global health impact and tackling some of the most challenging health priorities of our time. This includes addressing critical issues such as affordable access to important therapies, advocating for health policies that promote and sustain innovation of new medicines and vaccines, and improving maternal mortality through the Merck for Mothers program — a public-private partnership helping to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality.
Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Gerberding served as the Director of the CDC from 2002-2009 and was the first female to hold that position. While at the agency, she led more than 40 emergency responses against crises such as anthrax, SARS, bird flu, food-borne outbreaks and natural disasters. Previously, Dr. Gerberding was a tenured faculty member in Infectious Diseases at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). She continues as an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF.

Steven Hinrichs, MD
Dr. Steven Hinrichs is Professor and Chair in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the Director of the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), and Director of the University of Nebraska Center for Biosecurity. In his position as laboratory director, he has been responsible for the development of a statewide program for the rapid identification of biological agents of mass destruction. He is principal investigator of multiple national awards from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the CDC and the U.S. Department of Defense for the development of an outreach program to extend training and expertise in the early recognition of biological warfare agents.
Dr. Hinrichs received his MD from the University of North Dakota and is board certified in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. His research laboratory focuses on molecular diagnostics and the role of viruses in cancer. Dr. Hinrichs has published over 130 papers in basic science and medical journals.

Michael Osterholm, MD, PhD
Michael Osterholm is one of the nation’s foremost experts in public health, infectious disease and biosecurity. As the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, he is an international leader on the world’s preparedness for pandemics. He has led numerous investigations into internationally important disease outbreaks, including foodborne diseases, hepatitis B in health care settings, and HIV infection in healthcare workers, and he is a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the CDC.
From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Osterholm served as a special advisor to the Secretary of HHS on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. He has also been appointed to the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity and the World Economic Forum’s Working Group on Pandemics, among other prominent advisory positions.

Stephen Ostroff, MD
Dr. Ostroff brings years of experience in public health, having served at high-level positions at the FDA and CDC. He was the Acting Commissioner of the FDA from 2015-2016, and before that served as the FDA’s chief scientist. Ostroff joined the FDA in 2013 as chief medical officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and senior public health advisor to FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that he served as deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the CDC, where he was also acting director of CDC’s Select Agent Program. While at the CDC he focused on emerging infectious diseases, food safety, and coordination of complex outbreak response. He retired from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral (Assistant Surgeon General). Ostroff was also the director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and acting physician general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has consulted internationally on public health projects in South Asia and Latin America.
Ostroff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1981 and completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and preventive medicine at CDC.

William Rutala, PhD, MS, MPH
Dr. Rutala has experience medically managing a variety of diseases and extensive experience studying epidemiology and virology, particularly managing outbreaks and emerging pathogens. Dr. Rutala’s research interests are the etiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a special focus on disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical and surgical devices (e.g., endoscopes, surgical instruments). Other areas of active research include contribution of the hospital environment to disease transmission, hand hygiene, preventing transmission of infectious agents, including multiply-drug resistant organisms, prevention of healthcare-associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, investigation of healthcare-associated outbreaks, and new and emerging pathogens in healthcare.

Kate Walsh, PhD
Kate Walsh is the Dean at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and E.M. Statler Professor. A professor of management, she is a leader in education for the global hospitality industry; and an expert in organizational service design, leadership and career development, as well as the impact of strategic human capital investments. In addition to authoring and contributing to books, Dr. Walsh’s articles have appeared in numerous research outlets. She has over 20 years of academic experience, including in her current role as dean.
In addition, Dean Walsh holds extensive industry knowledge from serving as the former director of training and development for Nikko Hotels International, corporate training manager for the former Bristol Hotels, and senior auditor for Loews Corporation. She is also a former New York State Certified Public Accountant. Since the beginning of her administration as dean, Dean Walsh has focused on positioning the school for the future of education. This includes undertaking a comprehensive renewal of the graduate and undergraduate curricula, developing the school’s online global presence, identifying international partners for master-level program development, and providing thought leadership for the hospitality industry, most notably through the creation of industry research partnerships for faculty, fostering new initiatives through the school’s six centers and institutes, and providing faculty-developed resources to guide the industry. Dr. Walsh received her Ph.D. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and her M.P.S. degree from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration.

Captain Patrik Dahlgren
Captain Patrik Dahlgren is the Senior Vice President of Global Marine Operations and Fleet Optimization for all Royal Caribbean Group global brands. Dahlgren’s seagoing experiences started as a bridge officer aboard tugboats, yachts and an array of cargo vessels and ferries. He rose through the ranks with over 15 years onboard Royal Caribbean International cruise ships, with his last seagoing command as Master of Oasis of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas. He was a lead contributor to the Quantum of the Seas development and received the esteemed RINA (Royal Institute of Naval Architects) award for its innovation and contributions to maritime safety.

Robin Lindsay
Robin Lindsay is the Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Lindsay was appointed to this position in January 2015. In this role, Lindsay is responsible for Marine & Technical Operations, Hotel Operations, Entertainment, Product Development, Port & Destination Services, Fleet Personnel, Out Islands and New Build & Ship Refurbishment for all three of the company’s brands – Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Prior to joining Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Lindsay served in a similar capacity as Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations at Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Lindsay’s history with the company goes back to the inception of Oceania Cruises in 2003, where he joined as Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations and Vessel Operations. Lindsay earned his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University.
In addition, several experts will also serve as senior advisors to the panel, including Dr. Caitlin Rivers, who is a faculty member and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an expert in emerging infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak science, and Dr. Phyllis Kozarsky, who is a professor emerita of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine and an expert in pre-travel health advice and education, global health, and the epidemiology of travel-related infections and infectious diseases. Dr. Kozarsky serves as an expert consultant to the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine in travelers’ health with the CDC.

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Crystal – Voyage Assurance Policies

ENHANCED TRAVEL PROTECTION

Valid on select departures from January through April 2021 aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
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As travelers begin to plan their upcoming vacations, Crystal Cruises has introduced a new program providing an added layer of assurance in the event that unforeseen global travel restrictions require significant changes to set itineraries. For new and existing bookings on select departures from January-April 2021 aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity when booked by September 2, 2020, Crystal Voyage Assurance offers guests the opportunity to cancel their cruise for a full refund within seven days of being notified of itinerary changes. Changes may include either embarkation or disembarkation port/s, and/or alteration of more than 30% of the itinerary’s scheduled ports of call. Guests electing to continue with their booked voyage can expect a curated itinerary to attractive destinations and the enriching, award-winning experience for which Crystal is known.

Crystal Voyage Assurance includes itineraries to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and the 2021 Full World Cruise and all of its segments (including the final segment, which departs May 2021). This new policy is the latest of several programs Crystal has created to give travelers the comfort, flexibility and options they need to get back to the adventures and discoveries they crave.

For More information about Crystals policies go to – https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean

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