Aida Cruises, Carnival Corporation’s German brand, has resumed cruise operations, the second Carnival brand to do following the global pause in operations.
The company is operating the AIDAblu on seven-night itineraries out of Italy. The reintroduction follows the path laid down by Costa in September. Costa, Carnival’s Italian brand, is now operating three ships.
“For all our brands, there is no higher responsibility and no higher priority than compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation. “We are excited to have AIDA joining Costa Cruises in resuming sailing operations with a gradual expansion of service over time. As we offer traveLlers a phased return to cruise vacations, we will continue sharing important learnings and best practices among our world-leading cruise line brands and across the industry to help ensure the resumption of cruise operations is done with the best interests of public health at the forefront.”
Both companies are operating with a reduced capacity and limited itineraries – currently all itineraries are limited to Italian ports.
The safety measures that both lines have implemented include guests and crew being tested for Covid-19 with negative results required prior to boarding. Other protocols include regular temperature and health checks for guests and crew, physical distancing guidelines, facial coverings, capacity controls and increased sanitisation measures, as well as guided shore excursions managed by Aisa to maintain health protocols.
Further detailscan be found at www.aida.de/sichererurlaub.