Cruise travel in Africa has been on hold for eighteen months, but that is about to change. With the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, cruise companies are once again allowed to operate in vital port countries.
Africa cruises will start again in November, bringing significant tourism money back to the region. This is good news for countries that struggled economically during the pandemic.
The world’s largest family cruise company, MSC Cruises, intends to restart its normal operations in South Africa. This plan will make South Africa the first country on the continent to once again benefit from the sector.
Kenya’s largest cruise terminal, which was inactive, will also reopen.
Earlier this year, Kenyan authorities expected six ships to use the port. However, cruise companies canceled these trips.
MSC Cruises leaders explained that the company’s policies allowed for a successful resumption of service in Europe.
Their data show that cruises between Europe, North America and the Middle East operated safely. Tens of thousands of passengers have experienced relaxing and uneventful cruises since August.
MSC Cruises has agreed to share its health and safety data with the South African government. South African government authorities are eager to work with the cruise industry to keep passengers and citizens as safe as possible.
Soon, MSC Cruises will launch its new travel schedule.
Of course, the post-Coronavirus cruise will not be quite the same as the pre-Coronavirus cruise. As a leader in the cruise industry, MSC Cruises has established several new safety protocols. These measures follow the legal requirements of the nations involved.
The South African government’s new cruise regulations are relatively easy to employ: each passenger must participate in a COVID-19 screening and antigen test prior to boarding the ship. In addition, passengers will have to make projections before entering the cafeterias or entertainment areas.
If a passenger shows signs of COVID-19, he must go to an isolation cabin while the crew performs contact tracking. Cruise enthusiasts who leave the ship during stops should screen COVID-19 upon exiting and re-entering the ship.