Take Note: Changes In Cruising This 2021

Because of the whole covered pandemic, cruising will change until at least everyone is vaccinated and the virus is under control. Now we know much more about what will change. We’ve put together the 10 major changes to cruising in 2021 that you need to know. 

1. Boarding

So number one is boarding. In the whole boarding process, we’ll see some of the most obvious changes. It will be as contact-free as possible with all paperwork. Checks and things like tickets all being printed and done online before arriving at the port. You’ll also be required to complete a health declaration.


This is to say that you are healthy and that you have no symptoms of Covid or any other illnesses. You’re going to also be required to take a Covid test either at the port at the expense of the cruise line or provide a certificate for tests that you have paid for in the last 72 hours. You’re also going to have your temperature taken at some point during the process and even maybe your oxygen levels.


Staggered arrival times will be given for boarding and for disembarkation to help maintain social distancing. These times are going to be strict so don’t turn up early or late. Or you could be delayed or even turned away till later.

2. Masks

Number two is all about masks. Masks are going to be required on the ship. We know that most people don’t want to hear about this but it’s a basic way to stop the virus from spreading.


So how will masks work on board and where will you be required to wear them?
You’ll need to wear masks during the whole boarding process and the disembarkation process. Masks will not be required in the comfort of your cabin. Most cruise lines will require masks at all times whilst indoors – except when drinking or eating. This means that they will be required in theatres and entertainment venues.


Most cruise lines will also require masks outside when you’re unable to social distance. If you’re able to keep your distance or when you use the pool, you will not be required to wear a mask.

3. Social Distancing

I’m sure everybody knows about this already but it’s going to play a huge part in cruising. It’s going to be achieved by filling ships to lower capacity around 50 to 70 per cent. Venues, restaurants and public areas will all be redesigned and reorganized so that social distancing can be maintained. There’ll be signs around and floor markers where lines normally form to ensure people stay apart.


On decks, sunbeds and sun chairs will be moved further apart and you’re going to probably have to book seats in entertainment venues and theatres to ensure that you have a seat. Fewer people will be allowed in the pools and hot tubs at the same time.

4. Day-to-day life on the ship

Let’s look at the day-to-day life on the ship. On boarding day, expects the muster drill to have changed. It will no longer be a full ship drill with crowds of people. Most cruise lines will now require you to complete the emergency drill using an app, a mobile device or using the in-room tv in your cabin.


You’ll then be required to visit your muster drill to check in with a crew member. Also, expect to see daily temperature checks. Plus crew will be trained to look out for any symptoms on board.


You’ll be required to notify the medical team if you have any symptoms immediately. You’ll notice extra signage around the ship and new procedures. We could also see things from your cabin being removed such as kettles, coffee machine, brochures, the daily planner. Basically, anything that could transmit infections. Everything will be going electronic using the app on your phone.

5. Short excursions

There are two different ways that this could look. If you’re visiting a private island or resort, you will probably be allowed off the ship as normal. With social distancing and the use of masks in areas where social distancing is not possible.


There will also probably be staggered times to leave and re-board the ship. All staff and crew on private islands or resorts will be regularly tested and will be wearing masks and PPE. But if you’re visiting a normal port this will probably be done in a ship bubble. So this means that you’ll only be allowed to get off the ship as part of a ship booked shore excursion. As you know these are usually more pricey than doing it yourself so please keep that in mind when booking a cruise.


You’ll also be required to stay with the tour group at all times. Leaving the group could mean that you are being denied boarding back. This has happened on a few cruises in Europe.

6. Hygiene

One of the biggest ways to stop the spread of the virus is to regularly wash and sanitise your hands. You’ll notice that sanitisers and extra hand washing stations have been placed around the ship. They’ll also be signs directing you to regularly wash your hands and sanitise. Washing your hands will be required before entering any dining venue.


You’ll be watched by a crew member and directed back if you have not washed or sanitised your hands. We also recommend taking your hand sanitiser so you can regularly keep your hands clean.


Special new technology will also be on board including UVC machines that use light to kill bacteria and viruses. There’s also fogging machines to clean cabins and venues. You’ll also find much more enhanced cleaning, especially in high traffic areas. Here you’ll expect to see the crew constantly cleaning.


Ventilation onboard has been vastly improved. All major cruise lines have fitted new hospital grid filters to provide cleaner and more efficient ventilation. The filters will be fine enough to catch viruses and bacteria. Royal Caribbean’s new air conditioning system supplies 100 filtered air from outside to all indoor spaces. With the atmosphere changed up to every six minutes in staterooms and every four minutes in public spaces. So much like flights.

7. Dining

One of the biggest changes will be when dining. Self-serve buffets will be a thing of the past. The buffets will still be there but you’ll have to point out what you would like to eat and then a crew member will be there to plate the items for you. So there’s no more touching of tongues or sharing things that other people have touched like condiments on tables.


When it comes to table service you’ll probably have to book a table for a certain time and you’re only going to be able to dine with those that you were travelling with. This is a major blow to solo travellers as they will have to dine alone.


Tables will be removed and reorganized to provide more space and menus will be removed from tables. Where possible you will be using your mobile device or electronic device to scan a QR code and order without having to touch anything. The same goes for drinks at most bars. Menus will be replaced with QR codes where you need to order. So technology is going to play a big part in many of the changes especially wearable technologies.


Princess Cruises Ocean Medallion does it best. It can be found on all Princess Cruises ships from 2021 onwards. You’re able to order drinks, food, anything else without a menu. It’s all done from the comfort of your mobile device. Your door even opens when you are next to it. It’s a complete touch-free operation. Some MSC and Royal Caribbean ships also offer similar wearable tech options to keep it as touchless as possible.

8. Onboard Medical Centres

The onboard medical centre will have more crew, doctors and nurses. As well as the latest technology to find and treat Covid-19. This will include the onboard rapid testing machines, ventilators and new medication.


There’ll be detailed plans and quarantine protocols in place if the virus should get on board. The crew in the medical centre will all be provided with the latest and best training available.

9. Shorter cruises

Most cruises in 2021 from the Caribbean will be under seven days. So expect shorter three-four seven-night itineraries. Most cruise lines have already cancelled anything longer than this.


Destinations will also be changeable so be open to last-minute changes depending on local regulations. Things are changing so often so don’t set your heart onto one particular destination as this could change at the last minute.


Cruise lines will visit private islands and resorts when possible as the risk here of transmission and catching the virus is so much lower as these are controlled environments without other people. There, all the staff have been tested with strict cleaning protocols and social distancing taking place.


Some cruises could also go nowhere. So round trips with just sea days and no port stops. We’re expecting to see more of these types of cruises in the UK as well as maybe even from US.

10. More flexibility

Probably one of the most important changes as things is constantly evolving and changing. Most cruise lines are allowing you to change or cancel cruises till the last minute with no expensive change fees or cancellation fees.


Remember, most cruise lines will not allow you to request a refund unless the cruise has been cancelled by them. Most instead will give you a future cruise credit to use on a future booking. There’ll also be time limits for the use of these credits. But it does give you much more peace of mind when booking a cruise.


We recommend booking cruise packages with flights and everything included so that if one part is changed or cancelled, it will be easier for you to get your money back. Find a good reputable cruise agent who knows what they are doing.
So that’s it. We hope it helps settle your mind a little bit about what cruising is going to look like in 2021. As you can see it’s going to be super safe. I mean what different type of vacation can offer all the things that we’ve just talked about? We think that cruising will be back better than ever before.


And once the vaccine has been fully administered, we will see fewer and fewer restrictions on the cruise taking place. So things are going to slowly get back to normal. So we’ll see masks being a thing of the past, social distancing being a thing of the past and fingers crossed, it will all be back to normal.


We’ve all just got to remember it’s only temporary. Please support the cruise in any way you can by booking a cruise for the future. If we want the industry to be there just as big and as good as it is now, we all need to support them as much as possible.


Happy cruising!

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    Take Note: Changes In Cruising This 2021

    Because of the whole covered pandemic, cruising will change until at least everyone is vaccinated and the virus is under control. Now we know much more about what will change. We’ve put together the 10 major changes to cruising in 2021 that you need to know. 

    1. Boarding

    So number one is boarding. In the whole boarding process, we’ll see some of the most obvious changes. It will be as contact-free as possible with all paperwork. Checks and things like tickets all being printed and done online before arriving at the port. You’ll also be required to complete a health declaration.


    This is to say that you are healthy and that you have no symptoms of Covid or any other illnesses. You’re going to also be required to take a Covid test either at the port at the expense of the cruise line or provide a certificate for tests that you have paid for in the last 72 hours. You’re also going to have your temperature taken at some point during the process and even maybe your oxygen levels.


    Staggered arrival times will be given for boarding and for disembarkation to help maintain social distancing. These times are going to be strict so don’t turn up early or late. Or you could be delayed or even turned away till later.

    2. Masks

    Number two is all about masks. Masks are going to be required on the ship. We know that most people don’t want to hear about this but it’s a basic way to stop the virus from spreading.


    So how will masks work on board and where will you be required to wear them?
    You’ll need to wear masks during the whole boarding process and the disembarkation process. Masks will not be required in the comfort of your cabin. Most cruise lines will require masks at all times whilst indoors – except when drinking or eating. This means that they will be required in theatres and entertainment venues.


    Most cruise lines will also require masks outside when you’re unable to social distance. If you’re able to keep your distance or when you use the pool, you will not be required to wear a mask.

    3. Social Distancing

    I’m sure everybody knows about this already but it’s going to play a huge part in cruising. It’s going to be achieved by filling ships to lower capacity around 50 to 70 per cent. Venues, restaurants and public areas will all be redesigned and reorganized so that social distancing can be maintained. There’ll be signs around and floor markers where lines normally form to ensure people stay apart.


    On decks, sunbeds and sun chairs will be moved further apart and you’re going to probably have to book seats in entertainment venues and theatres to ensure that you have a seat. Fewer people will be allowed in the pools and hot tubs at the same time.

    4. Day-to-day life on the ship

    Let’s look at the day-to-day life on the ship. On boarding day, expects the muster drill to have changed. It will no longer be a full ship drill with crowds of people. Most cruise lines will now require you to complete the emergency drill using an app, a mobile device or using the in-room tv in your cabin.


    You’ll then be required to visit your muster drill to check in with a crew member. Also, expect to see daily temperature checks. Plus crew will be trained to look out for any symptoms on board.


    You’ll be required to notify the medical team if you have any symptoms immediately. You’ll notice extra signage around the ship and new procedures. We could also see things from your cabin being removed such as kettles, coffee machine, brochures, the daily planner. Basically, anything that could transmit infections. Everything will be going electronic using the app on your phone.

    5. Short excursions

    There are two different ways that this could look. If you’re visiting a private island or resort, you will probably be allowed off the ship as normal. With social distancing and the use of masks in areas where social distancing is not possible.


    There will also probably be staggered times to leave and re-board the ship. All staff and crew on private islands or resorts will be regularly tested and will be wearing masks and PPE. But if you’re visiting a normal port this will probably be done in a ship bubble. So this means that you’ll only be allowed to get off the ship as part of a ship booked shore excursion. As you know these are usually more pricey than doing it yourself so please keep that in mind when booking a cruise.


    You’ll also be required to stay with the tour group at all times. Leaving the group could mean that you are being denied boarding back. This has happened on a few cruises in Europe.

    6. Hygiene

    One of the biggest ways to stop the spread of the virus is to regularly wash and sanitise your hands. You’ll notice that sanitisers and extra hand washing stations have been placed around the ship. They’ll also be signs directing you to regularly wash your hands and sanitise. Washing your hands will be required before entering any dining venue.


    You’ll be watched by a crew member and directed back if you have not washed or sanitised your hands. We also recommend taking your hand sanitiser so you can regularly keep your hands clean.


    Special new technology will also be on board including UVC machines that use light to kill bacteria and viruses. There’s also fogging machines to clean cabins and venues. You’ll also find much more enhanced cleaning, especially in high traffic areas. Here you’ll expect to see the crew constantly cleaning.


    Ventilation onboard has been vastly improved. All major cruise lines have fitted new hospital grid filters to provide cleaner and more efficient ventilation. The filters will be fine enough to catch viruses and bacteria. Royal Caribbean’s new air conditioning system supplies 100 filtered air from outside to all indoor spaces. With the atmosphere changed up to every six minutes in staterooms and every four minutes in public spaces. So much like flights.

    7. Dining

    One of the biggest changes will be when dining. Self-serve buffets will be a thing of the past. The buffets will still be there but you’ll have to point out what you would like to eat and then a crew member will be there to plate the items for you. So there’s no more touching of tongues or sharing things that other people have touched like condiments on tables.


    When it comes to table service you’ll probably have to book a table for a certain time and you’re only going to be able to dine with those that you were travelling with. This is a major blow to solo travellers as they will have to dine alone.


    Tables will be removed and reorganized to provide more space and menus will be removed from tables. Where possible you will be using your mobile device or electronic device to scan a QR code and order without having to touch anything. The same goes for drinks at most bars. Menus will be replaced with QR codes where you need to order. So technology is going to play a big part in many of the changes especially wearable technologies.


    Princess Cruises Ocean Medallion does it best. It can be found on all Princess Cruises ships from 2021 onwards. You’re able to order drinks, food, anything else without a menu. It’s all done from the comfort of your mobile device. Your door even opens when you are next to it. It’s a complete touch-free operation. Some MSC and Royal Caribbean ships also offer similar wearable tech options to keep it as touchless as possible.

    8. Onboard Medical Centres

    The onboard medical centre will have more crew, doctors and nurses. As well as the latest technology to find and treat Covid-19. This will include the onboard rapid testing machines, ventilators and new medication.


    There’ll be detailed plans and quarantine protocols in place if the virus should get on board. The crew in the medical centre will all be provided with the latest and best training available.

    9. Shorter cruises

    Most cruises in 2021 from the Caribbean will be under seven days. So expect shorter three-four seven-night itineraries. Most cruise lines have already cancelled anything longer than this.


    Destinations will also be changeable so be open to last-minute changes depending on local regulations. Things are changing so often so don’t set your heart onto one particular destination as this could change at the last minute.


    Cruise lines will visit private islands and resorts when possible as the risk here of transmission and catching the virus is so much lower as these are controlled environments without other people. There, all the staff have been tested with strict cleaning protocols and social distancing taking place.


    Some cruises could also go nowhere. So round trips with just sea days and no port stops. We’re expecting to see more of these types of cruises in the UK as well as maybe even from US.

    10. More flexibility

    Probably one of the most important changes as things is constantly evolving and changing. Most cruise lines are allowing you to change or cancel cruises till the last minute with no expensive change fees or cancellation fees.


    Remember, most cruise lines will not allow you to request a refund unless the cruise has been cancelled by them. Most instead will give you a future cruise credit to use on a future booking. There’ll also be time limits for the use of these credits. But it does give you much more peace of mind when booking a cruise.


    We recommend booking cruise packages with flights and everything included so that if one part is changed or cancelled, it will be easier for you to get your money back. Find a good reputable cruise agent who knows what they are doing.
    So that’s it. We hope it helps settle your mind a little bit about what cruising is going to look like in 2021. As you can see it’s going to be super safe. I mean what different type of vacation can offer all the things that we’ve just talked about? We think that cruising will be back better than ever before.


    And once the vaccine has been fully administered, we will see fewer and fewer restrictions on the cruise taking place. So things are going to slowly get back to normal. So we’ll see masks being a thing of the past, social distancing being a thing of the past and fingers crossed, it will all be back to normal.


    We’ve all just got to remember it’s only temporary. Please support the cruise in any way you can by booking a cruise for the future. If we want the industry to be there just as big and as good as it is now, we all need to support them as much as possible.


    Happy cruising!

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