A-Rosa River Cruises has adjusted its health protocols, removing the need for pre-cruise testing on almost all itineraries.
The line’s A-Rosa Care Team, consisting of internal and external specialists, evaluated the current situation and as a result, passengers will no longer be required to wear masks on board.
In addition, rapid antigen testing at the beginning of the cruise will no longer be carried out (except on the Douro) and the need to complete a health questionnaire has been scrapped.
All passengers over the age of 12 will still need to demonstrate proof of full vaccination (no less than nine months after second dose or proof of a booster jab) or proof of recovery (from 29 days to six months after positive PCR test).
However, children under the age of 12 no longer require any documentation.
Measures such as extended cleaning and disinfection protocols on board remain in place to ensure hygiene standards are upheld, the line added.
A-Rosa UK & Ireland MD Lucia Rowe said: “After careful consideration by our experienced team, we’ve been able to reduce our protocols further.
“We continued with some measures after the legal requirement to do so was removed by various destinations, as we felt it was important to do so at the time.
“Since the start of the season in March 2022 we’ve been sailing on the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Seine and Douro, and offering our popular buffet meals once again.”
A-Rosa’s new ship, Sena, is scheduled to launch later this month (28 May).
The vessel, which will sail seven-night cruises on the Rhine from Cologne to Holland and Belgium, has been described as “the most climate-friendly river cruise ship on Europe’s rivers”.