CroisiEurope has confirmed its restart dates for 2020, following months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The cruise line, which specialises in river cruising, will restart its operations on France’s River Seine from 13 July 2020.
Shortly after on 16 July, the line will resume activities on the Rhône and the Burgundy Canal. Rhine river cruises will restart on 20 July and cruises will return to the French island of Corsica beginning 26 July. Finally, cruises on the Loire will return on 31 July and on the Gironde from 26 August.
In the rest of Europe, cruises will resume on the Danube from 31 July and return to the Elbe on 3 August. With British travellers to Portugal still required to quarantine on arrival and return, cruises on the Douro will resume on 7 August. Croatia sailings will begin on 13 August and other European destinations will be available progressively throughout the season.
Due to the small size of their ships, CroisiEurope insists it is able to provide a “top-quality service in a truly relaxing, safe-and-sound setting”.
A spokesperson for the line said:
“Our top priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew members, as well as the smooth performance of our cruises during this unprecedented time.
“We have focused rigorously on every detail to provide safe vacations and give peace of mind to our passengers.
“Strict health protocols backed up by a partnership with Bureau Veritas are in effect on all our ships.
“Our intimately sized ships honour the fragility of nature and the environments we cross through, while our crews provide top-quality service in a truly relaxing, safe and sound setting.
“CroisiEurope’s commitment to the safety of our passengers and the professionalism and responsibility of our crew members guarantee the relaunch of our cruises under optimal conditions for everyone.”
New health and safety regulations for the line include health questionnaires before boarding, disinfection of luggage and temperature checks for each passenger. Masks and sanitiser gel will be available to use and social distancing must be adhered to.
Meals will take place over two service times with table service and assigned seating, and cabins and
common rooms will be regularly deep cleaned and disinfected.
All crew on board are also monitored for symptoms and have been trained in the new health and safety measures.
Helping agents and travellers feel at ease, the cruise line has even released a video detailing the new health and safety protocols, providing peace of mind.