Kosherica has made the decision to postpone all our Kosher cruises this summer and potentially all cruises in 2020. The health and safety of our clients is of top priority. In addition, we have handpicked all 2021 sailings based on specific onboard health protocols and ship cancellation policies. Our partners, in particular Norwegian Cruise Lines, have implemented strict protocols based on internal audits and CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations. The safety measures are innovative and incredibly proactive to help increase health measures. NCL has been incredibly successful in preventing and containing virus outbreaks since the pandemic began. NCL was innovative in its initial response to the outbreak and will continue to implement new stringent policies as more data becomes available. Below are some preliminary measures taken onboard NCL. Please note, that these measures can be modified or increased based on guidelines from health authorities:
STRONGER SCREENING PROTOCOLS
Every guest will undergo a pre boarding screening process that would include extensive touchless temperature screenings before embarkation, upon each port of call and prior to meals and activities. In addition, all crew will have an extensive pre-employment medical screening that will cover a wide variety of infectious diseases in addition to the most advanced COVID-19 testing. Also continuous crew temperature screenings will be given before boarding and throughout the voyages.
ALL-NEW AIR FILTRATION
NCL ships will replace existing air filters with medical-grade air-filters, H13 HEPA, that remove 99.95% of all particulates 0.1 microns or larger., of airborne pathogens to allow us to breathe clean air. As a base of comparison, Coronavirus is 0.125 microns (25% larger), a single blood cell is 10 microns (10,000% larger) and a single human hair is 75 microns (75,000% larger).
INCREASED SANITATION MEASURES
NCL maintains the highest level of cleanliness. The ships are taking it one step further and increasing their already stringent protocols by including HOCl Fogging (a non-toxic oxidant that kills bacteria, spores and viruses throughout the ship and terminals), 24/7 cleaning and disinfecting in high touch traffic points, increased hand washing and sanitizing stations and protocols.
RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL DISTANCING
Social distancing will be done primarily by reducing guests counts and staggering functions and boarding.
ENHANCED MEDICAL RESOURCES
NCL Onboard medical centres will be fully equipped with the latest advanced on-site rapid testing Covid kits, extra Oxygen equipment, increased medical treatments and vaccinations. The ship’s strong medical staff will include a newly created onboard position of Public Health Officer, responsible for the oversight of all sanitation and outbreak prevention initiatives.
EXTENDED SHIP TO SHORE SAFETY
NCL will only visit safe, open ports of call which may cause changes to itineraries.