Walk-through portals of Far-UVC light can help sanitize clothing, skin and even air in traffic-heavy areas of cruise ships.
British cruise line P&O Cruises, a Carnival Corporation subsidiary, is canceling all its sailings until Oct. 15 — following a move from Canada, which banned cruises and ferries carrying more than 100 people with overnight capacity in its waters through Oct. 31.
The cruise line is working with government and industry bodies like Public Health England and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review and establish updated health policies and procedures ahead of future sailings, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said in a video.
Guests who were booked on canceled sailings are eligible for an enhanced future cruise credit of 125%, as has been standard protocol across the industry. The credit can now be redeemed without calling the company, according to Ludlow, which will be helfpul to guests. The credits are good until the end of 2021.
“We want to apologize once again to those guests who wait for refunds, particularly at a time of financial constraints; however, the new technology we have in place is rapidly improving things though and we continue to make further progress on a daily basis,” Ludlow added.
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While Canada’s ban on cruising has been pushed into the fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s no-sail order is set to expire on July 24, with major cruise companies, including Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney, pushing their sailing suspensions just past that date.
But how can passengers feel safe going forward, once ships resume sailing? Multiple companies are moving ahead with technology that could be implemented on ships so that cruisers can return to sea with less worry – though most cruise lines haven’t announced specific plans. Infrared Cameras Inc. announced in a press release, however, that the company is partnering with Carnival Cruise Line to screen passenger and crew member temperatures via thermal camera systems. USA TODAY has reached out to Carnival for more information.
Contributing: Morgan Hines
In case you were interested in Canada’s plans: Canada has banned cruises through October to quell spread of coronavirus
What you should know about future cruise credits: What is a future cruise credit and how can you use it if you missed a cruise due to coronavirus?
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