Traveling and Staying Healthy
Cruise Industry Health & Safety Guidance
2020.09.21 HQ v16.0
Seabourn’s highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew members. We have been working with leading global public health and policy experts to support our ongoing efforts for developing enhanced protocols and procedures for the return of cruise vacations based on the latest knowledge around COVID-19 protection and mitigation.
We are also an active member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which is dedicated to serving as an industry forum to share knowledge and promote high standards in health, safety and operations. Through our collaboration with CLIA and other industry partners, we are also engaged with some of the world’s top medical experts and scientists, who are providing valuable insight to inform the ongoing and evolving development of new and enhanced protocols based on the latest scientific evidence and best practices to protect public health. We are working together as one united industry focused on the well-being of guests, crew and the communities we visit.
CLIA has put forth to the U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an industry-wide restart plan for cruising from U.S. homeports. The restart plan incorporates input from Carnival Corporation and its individual brands, along with fellow members of CLIA. Our team is continuing to refine Seabourn’s return to service plan and CLIA’s guiding principles will serve as the foundation. Some of the elements you can expect are the following:
- 100% testing of all guests and team members
- Policies with regard to wearing masks by all guests and team members, in designated venues and environments on board the ship and during shore excursions
- Enhanced medical staffing, facilities, equipment, onboard testing capabilities and quarantine/isolation resources
- Shore excursions limited to only those providers who can uphold our own protocols and denied boarding to guests who fail to abide by shore excursion protocols.
As more details of our plan are finalized, we will share them with guests, travel advisors and other stakeholders. On the assumption that a return to cruise operations will be allowed, we will have specifics on our protocols and procedures as well as where we will operate that we will want to share widely. Until then, please continue to view this page as a reliable source of information for the latest news about Seabourn operations. We look forward to welcoming our guests back on board when the time is right.
Our team recommends the following routine best practices for travel:
- Practice healthy travel habits always — According to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the simplest and most effective way to prevent illness, is to take extra care to practice basic health habits, including:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Taking advantage of hand sanitizer wherever it’s available
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing using a tissue or your bent elbow. And always dispose of the used tissue and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands
- Avoiding close contact with sick people
- Pack extra medication — Guests are always encouraged to travel with at least two weeks of extra medication beyond the length of the cruise, when possible, in the event of unexpected travel delays and emergencies. Also bring a list of the names, strengths and dosages of all medications in case refills are required.
- Mobile phone instructions — Remember to enable an international travel plan inclusive of voice and data. Cell phone networks vary by country and Wi-Fi is not as available in some destinations. An international plan will enable you to stay connected at a reasonable rate and ensure you can be contacted.
- Provide Emergency Contacts — In rare circumstances, it may be necessary to reach an emergency contact on your behalf. Provide a validated emergency contact & phone number within your booking. The emergency contact should not be traveling with you, but another personal connection.
- Purchase travel insurance — It’s always a good idea to purchase SeabournShield, or some other form of travel protection, not only to protect you from any losses stemming from unforeseeable circumstances during your vacation, but to give you confidence to make new plans. This should extend to airfare bookings, as well. Make sure you fully understand any policy you purchase to understand what is and isn’t covered.
- Be aware of latest health advisories — New travel restrictions may change with short notice.