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Local Government Agrees Framework Agreement For Cruise Return In Andalucía

Local government agrees framework agreement for cruise return in Andalucía

Source: PortSEurope
The Junta de Andalucía has approved, in the Governing Council held today, a framework agreement that may resume cruise tourism in the region – April 20, 2021 This agreement will allow the safe development of cruise calls in Andalusian ports (Malaga). It should be noted that, currently, cruises that make international itineraries are not allowed, but national ones are, which must meet the requirements established by
the autonomous communities where they make a stopover. The president of the Malaga Port Authority, Carlos Rubio, stressed that “this protocol is an important starting point to recover a fundamental activity for the port and the destination. Initially, it will only be about national cruises but with sanitary measures that will allow us to demonstrate that cruise tourism is once again safe and an experience worth living”. In this sense, the cruise terminals of the Port of Malaga have national and international certification as infrastructures that guarantee the appropriate protocols for the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers in the port area. In turn, shipping companies have established their own protocols to facilitate the development of their activity. Carlos Rubio points out that “this achievement is in addition to the work carried out by the port and the destination during these pandemic months in collaboration with Suncruise Andalucía and the cruise companies, opening the opportunity for Malaga to be chosen by the shipping companies as a port of call on their itineraries ”. Action protocol This new framework of action determines the way in which the crew and cruise passengers carry out the stopovers, as well as the requirements to guarantee the sanitary safety of said stopovers and the development of life on the ship. As determined by this new framework, the crew of the ships must have three negative PCR tests prior to boarding, in addition to performing a period of preventive isolation. The first PCR test will be performed when leaving your home, a second test in the transport that takes you to the ship’s location, and a third test before boarding. As for cruise passengers, they must have a negative PCR to be able to board. Once on the ship, they will be given a talk on prevention measures and will be informed about the protocols they must follow on board. Likewise, the ships will have authorized laboratories that will allow the crew members to carry out tests, as well as random tests on the cruise passengers themselves. On the other hand, the capacity should be reduced to 60-70 percent of the total capacity of the ships, thus reserving several cabins for the start-up of preventive isolations in case they were necessary, either by a contagion, or by a direct contact with an infected person. In addition, the buffet service will be inactive. In this way, meals will be served directly at the table. As for the stopovers, controlled excursions can be made thanks to the distribution in “bubble groups”. Finally, all cruise passengers will have a medical insurance policy that guarantees hospitalization on a stopover thanks to the agreement with the hospitals of the cities where the stopover takes place, as well as accommodation included in the event that preventive isolation is necessary. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga (APM – Port Authority of Málaga)

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