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Published on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

How NCL will prevent outbreaks of coronavirus on its ships

Norwegian has become the first cruise line to outline new health and safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus on ships when sailings resume later this year.

Measures include the installation of H13 HEPA filters, which it claims remove 99.9% of airborne pathogens.

Its 'Sail Safe' plan also includes staggering embarkation for guests, and the cruise line will expand its online check-in.

Temperature checks will be carried out multiple times a day, including at embarkation, when returning to the ship in ports of call, before entering all dining venues, and before all group activities.

The new safety measures could lead to some ports being dropped. "We will only visit safe, open ports of call which may cause changes to your itinerary," the company said.

In a memo to its travel partners, NCL said it will have a dedicated public health officer in charge of sanitation and outbreak mitigation measures.

The cruise line said its new measures would 'meet and exceed industry and health standards'.
All ships will be deep cleaned and disinfected before every voyage; all staterooms and public areas will be sanitized more regularly, including the use of electrostatic sprayers.

In addition, there will be continuous disinfecting of public areas, especially on high-use touchpoints, it said.

"This is just the start of a wave of new technologies and enhancements we are rolling out," NCL said on its website

"We continue consulting with local and international health authorities to ensure we have all recommended precautions."

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