The UK has welcomed its first cruise call since sailings were suspended.
SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream 1 stopped to pick passengers up in Portsmouth en route to the Caribbean via a transatlantic crossing.
The ship picked up 19 passengers in Portsmouth, all of whom have had to follow strict health protocols including having a Covid-19 test 72 hours before departure and immediately before boarding the ship. No passenger left the ship.
In addition, all crew members are certified for the WHO’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for novel coronavirus course and CoVid-19 Contact tracing course from Johns Hopkins University.
Ian Diaper, Portsmouth International Port’s head of operations said: “It’s testament to everyone’s hard work that SeaDream Yacht Club was confident to use Portsmouth as the first UK port to manage a turnaround call since sailings were suspended.
“It was great to see a cruise ship in the port once more and pleased to see operations go to plan.
“We’re experienced at managing passengers in a Covid secure way, with ferry sailings taking place regularly since July following strict protocols. This had given us insight for what’s required and we’re ready to help the industry recover when cruise returns to its full capacity.”