COVID-19 USA River Cruise Operating Protocol & Extended No Sail Order for 2020
Happy Days are Here Again!
This week I booked the August 8, 2020 ACL 7 nights Columbia & Snake River cruise aboard the American Song.
Just 4 weeks away, this river cruise's promotion package includes pre-cruise airport hotel and Cruise with Comfort Offer (100% Cash refund if cancelled by ACL or 100% credit on a new future cruise booking if I cancel).
Prior to the cancelation of my 2020 back to back Tauck Journeys, I was considering booking this cruise in 2022. However, I requested to be placed on 2 of Tauck's 2022 Oberammergau river cruise waitlists.
In addition to my 2021 Tauck 4 back to back journeys (Black Sea, Blue Danube, Switzerland and Ultimate Alps), I am also booked on the June 25, 2021 ACL 21 nights Complete Mississippi cruise aboard the American Harmony which I booked in September 2019.
Of notable interest to others who view and comment on Tauck's Travel Forum, I was impressed and OK with the COVID-19 Operating Protocol including:
Safety Technology and Modern Ship Design: including independent HVAC systems in every stateroom and lounge and UV-C water filtration systems.
General Operating Protocols amid COVID-19: including guest capacity reduced by 25% (142 vs 190), PPE available at all times for guests and crew, and public bathrooms closed.
Certified Medical Practices: including onboard medical services, resident nurse or EMT, COVID-19 antigen testing onboard and isolation rooms created and available.
Boarding Practices and Pre-Cruise Medical Screening: denial of boarding, pre-travel COVID-19 test and pre-boarding screening.
DiningPractices: Main dining room capacity reduced for social distancing and in-room dining available.
Shoreside Operating Procedures: tour venues screened for social distancing and sanitation practices, Private coaches travel directly to and from each venue, excursion capacities reduced and additional excursion times as needed.
Crew Training and Screening: Pre-boarding screening apply to guests and crew, reduction of crew movement in public places, COVID-19 identification, response and PPE training for all crew members.
Cruse with Comfort: (see above description) 24 hours prior to sailing.
I have shared a link of the complete COVID-19 Operating Protocol provided with my confirmation with a few viewers via PM.
Tauck is my preferred travel company for land, riverboat and small ship journeys. However I do like ACL and Ponant single supplement programs, especially for cruises not offered by Tauck.
Your comments and questions are welcomed.