NCL Announces Enhanced Sanitation and Hygienic Measures to Combat Coronavirus

Norwegian Cruise Line is the first major cruise company to unveil proposed new measures to be taken in order to protect passengers and crew against the spread of coronavirus on its vessels. reports that Norwegian has unveiled a six-point program, involving every part of the company’s operations from check-in to disembarkation, which will be part of the company’s Peace of Mind program. The policies will apply to Norwegian Cruise line ships as well as those from subsidiaries Oceania and Regent Seven Seas.

Before boarding, NCL passengers will be subject to health screenings. The company will conduct temperature checks not just before passengers board the cruise ships, but also before re-boarding at the ships’ at ports of call, participating in activities, participating in dining, and disembarkation.

Crew members will also be subject to significant health screenings including enhanced pre-employment screening, temperature checks throughout the day, and frequent coronavirus testing.

Interestingly,NCL passengers will not have to wear masks while aboard the company’s ships, but will be required to practice social distancing. The company announced that it will reduce capacity in order to allow for adequate social distancing.