Oceania Cruises is working with their Healthy Sail Panel – a team of cross-disciplinary experts enlisted to guide the cruise industry’s way forward in response to COVID-19. Co-chaired by Governor Michael Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is comprised of globally recognized specialists in public health to develop, implement and continually evolve industry-leading standards. Oceania Cruises’ Health and Safety Protocols cover all aspects of onboard and shoreside operations to protect their guests, crew and the communities they visit.
Safety For Ships
Continuous Ship-Wide Disinfection & Daily Fogging of All Suites, Staterooms & Public Spaces
Oceania Cruises’ 24/7 prevention schedule will feature continuous disinfection of public areas and high-traffic touchpoints as well as daily fogging of all staterooms and suites, public spaces, and guest corridors. The fogging process utilizes a hospital-grade oxidant that is natural, safe, and non-toxic. Guest staterooms and suites will receive intensive microbial disinfection daily, which includes fogging of the entire space inclusive of bathrooms and closets.
All-New Hospital-Grade Air Filtration System
New, upgraded HVAC systems will incorporate the latest advances to be superior to those found in land-based resorts. Each ship will utilize fresh-air induction and be equipped with the highest-tier HEPA 13 medical-grade filters.
Dedicated Public Health Office
Each ship will have a dedicated Public Health Officer on board, responsible for the oversight of all outbreak prevention initiatives. Additionally, they will monitor the day-to-day sanitation and cleanliness of all public areas and accommodations, maintaining compliance with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program. They will work hand in hand with the ship’s medical team on board as well as the corporate Public Health and Medical departments shoreside.
Oceania Cruises constantly monitors the global health map and cancel or modify itineraries to impacted areas as needed. They may also prevent guests and crew who have recently travelled through high-risk locations from boarding.
Safety For Guests
Pre-embarkation Health Screening
All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening.
Socially Responsible Check-In
Once it is time to start your voyage, Oceania Cruises has designed an enhanced, staggered embarkation and check-in process for proper social distancing that also includes a new state-of-the-art touchless temperature screening. Embarkation terminals will be sanitized continuously, and terminals will be thoroughly sanitized and, where possible, fogged before and after each embarkation and debarkation.
No-Touch Food Service Ship-Wide
No-touch food and beverage service is being implemented across all ships with service staff stationed ship-wide, including Terrace Café, Horizons, Baristas, Waves Grill and all restaurants and lounges. Of course, all guests will be required to engage in frequent hand washing, and hand sanitizer will be prominently placed and easily accessible throughout the ship.
Increased Social Distancing Through Reduced Capacity
To provide even more space for responsible social distancing, Oceania Cruises has reduced shipboard guest capacity. Reduced seating in entertainment venues, smaller group sizes for shore excursions, culinary classes, and onboard activities, along with increased spacing in dining venues, provide for effective social distancing practices.
Partners in Prevention
Oceania Cruises is partnering with its local destinations and tour operators to ensure its industry-leading health and sanitation protocols extend to the shoreside experience. Embarkation terminals, tour coaches, and the attractions they visit must have appropriate health and safety protocols in place.
Safety For Crew
The Highest Standards for Staff & Crew Health
A healthy staff and crew help protect guests. Constant monitoring of staff and crew health includes testing of crew members, temperature checks multiple times per day as well as rigid sanitation and hygiene protocols.
Enhanced Onboard Medical Teams & Health Services
Oceania Cruises is expanding their medical teams to provide among the highest Medical Staff-to-Guest ratio onboard each of their ships. Enhanced onboard medical centers are abundantly stocked with common prescription medications, remedies, and the latest virus-testing equipment as available. All medical centers will have the ability to perform FDA- and CDC-approved PCR Point of Care testing. Complimentary consultations and treatments are provided for respiratory illnesses and each ship is equipped with dedicated isolation accommodations should the unlikely need arise.