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Cruise ships can dock in Spain from June 7, subject to strict procedures
31 May 2021 @ 13:09

CRUISE liners will be allowed back into Spain's ports from June 7 – next Monday – which will be great news for the national tourism industry, although some restrictions or criteria will apply.

Passengers on cruises tend to spend more money in a port town or city in relation to the length of time they stay there compared with longer-term holidaymakers, and are usually keen to cram as much into their few hours on dry land as possible, including visiting main attractions, buying souvenirs and trying out the local cuisine, as it may be one of only two or three stops they are due to make in the country at all, and they have limited time to get the best out of it before they set off again.

Also, the relatively short time they spend in a town or city means there is less chance of their being a source of Covid contagion than if they were in destination for a couple of weeks and mingling with people outside their passenger 'bubble'.

Plus, cruise travellers are often among the 'luxury' end of the holidaymaker market, meaning more spending power.

All this, along with the fact that many jobs in coastal destinations are based around ports and yacht marinas, means it was vital that steps were taken to allow cruise ships to dock in Spain as soon as possible. 

As a highly-controlled environment, cruise ships are able to take steps that people on do-it-yourself or package holidays are less likely to guarantee having taken as individuals; also, in the event of a contagion, it is easier to quarantine passengers and trace contacts.

Among the measures required are daily temperature-taking, and Covid tests on the third or fourth day of the trip for all passengers.

They will also be required to take a PCR or similar test no more than 72 hours before embarking, or a rapid antigen test – where results come through within 10 to 30 minutes – on the day of setting sail.

This means that, in theory, everyone on board should be 'negative' when they arrive, but if they are not and someone passes the virus to another whilst on the seas, this should be picked up early.

Passengers will be placed in specific 'tour groups', as is often the case on package holidays or 'circuit tours' when the trip involves a series of daily organised excursions as an integral part of the visit.

These bubble groups will have all their meals together, and groups will be 'staggered' so as not to coincide, or not too many at once, in the canteen.

Embarking and disembarking along the route and on-board activities will also be at different times to limit people's coinciding with others outside their bubble.

Passengers are required to be informed of every Covid-related step at all times, and immediate isolation of contacts will be ordered if one or more person tests positive.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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jamiemalone said:
31 May 2021 @ 19:31

Yet another MASSIVE mistake by this government. There will be another massive corona outbreak if this goes ahead. Hardly anyone has been vaccinated yet. My daughter is in the high risk category and does not have a clue as to when she can have a vaccine. SHAME ON YOU SANCHEZ, SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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