River cruise operator, Scylla, has announced the sailing of 34 ships on Europe’s waterways with immediate effect – becoming one of the first companies to resume operations after Covid-19.
After a long period of uncertainty, Swiss operator Scylla – who runs a fleet of riverboats for various European charter clients – will begin the gradual restart of the sailing season.
International statistics show that COVID-19 has passed its peak, borders are starting to open again, travel restrictions are gradually being lifted and confidence to travel is growing again. Thanks to these evolutions, Scylla is able to start sailing mini-cruises on a selection of European waterways.
“We are very pleased that the industry is slowly recovering from the coronavirus crisis and that our riverboats can now be put back on Europe’s waterways, where they belong,” says Arno Reitsma, CEO of Scylla AG. “Guests will once again be able to enjoy some of the most exciting river cruises on Europe’s beautiful waterways, even though travel itself is now slightly different,” Mr Reitsma adds.
“Travel has changed but passengers on our ships will still be able to enjoy our river cruises,” Arno Reitsma.
It goes without saying that all necessary safety, security and hygiene standards have been implemented on board the ships. One of these measures will be to maintain a safe distance during the entire time on board – only registered passengers who have previously undergone a health check will be allowed on the ship.
Fewer passengers on the ships, compulsory facemasks, regular disinfections and bringing meals and drinks directly to the table are also part of the new measures. In addition, a doctor will be on board for health checks and consultations for all guests and crewmembers.
For an overview of the main procedures and insight into the nature of the measures being taken by Scylla click here.