Viking Ocean Cruises’ Covid-19 Safety Protocols
Carol and I just experienced Viking Ocean Cruises’ Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols.
With all of the confusion in the traveling publics’ mind around Covid-19 and the Delta Variant, we thought it necessary to experience an ocean cruise during Covid for ourselves.
As busy as we are right now, we thought it wise to stay close to home. Therefore, we chose Viking’s Bermuda Escape.
Bermuda is a short two-hour flight from Boston, and this 8-day cruise seemed like the perfect getaway.
We called good friends from North Carolina to join us, and off we went.
As the purpose of this article is to share Viking’s Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols, we share our overall Viking cruise experience in another article.
Experiencing Viking’s Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols
Overseas travel during a Covid-19 pandemic involves quite a bit of last-minute scurrying to get the required tests and documentation required.
Here is the chronological series of events we experienced:
- Full Vaccination – first and foremost, you will not be allowed on a cruise ship if you are not fully vaccinated. Our cardboard CDC vaccination cards were all that was required to meet this criterion.
- Health & Safety Questionnaire – a week before sailing, Viking required us to complete a health and safety questionnaire. The questionnaire asked if we were vaccinated and the typical questions like whether we had come in contact with someone with Covid-19, whether we had a high temperature, etc.
- Negative PCR Test – Bermuda requires a negative PCR test no more than 3-days before arrival. Therefore, we went to our local CVS pharmacy and had our negative test within 24-hours.
- PCR Test in Bermuda – when we arrived in Bermuda, the Bermudian government required that we take another PCR test right in the airport. They gave us a red wristband to wear until we received the negative test results by email within 24-hours.
- Viking PCR Test – upon arrival to our suite aboard the ship, Viking required that all passengers take another PCR test and produce a negative result. With Viking’s onboard PCR labs, our task was easily accomplished by providing 2 ML of saliva each morning.
- Daily PCR Testing – Viking requires that all passengers and crew take a morning PCR test. When we arrived in our stateroom each evening, there were two vials for Carol and me to produce 2 ML of saliva again. Our cabin steward picked these up each morning, and our cabin steward told us that no news is good news. It was comforting to know that Viking was testing everyone aboard that ship every single day.
- Mask Wearing – unless we were eating or enjoying a cocktail, Viking required everyone aboard the ship to wear masks. While this was the most intrusive protocol to our daily comfort, we were happy to comply. And in the off-chance you forgot to wear your mask, Viking staff were quick to serve a gentle reminder. In Bermuda, we were not required to wear a mask unless we were in a public building or in a setting where we could not obtain social distancing.
- Hand Sanitizing – there were hand sanitization stations all over the ship. And before you entered a particular area like a restaurant or the theater, Viking posted staff at the entrance to ensure that everyone sanitized their hands.
- Morning Temperature Readings – before entering the restaurant for breakfast, Viking has facial recognition devices that scanned our faces and took our temperatures.
As you can see, Viking went above and beyond to ensure that all guests and crew were safe and able to “explore the world in comfort.”
I have just touched the surface of what Viking is doing to protect its passengers. To see all of Viking’s Health & Safety Protocols, please CLICK HERE.
In my humble opinion, you are far safer on a cruise ship than simply going into your local grocery store.
Where else can you go and know that everyone is vaccinated, everyone is screened for the virus every day, and that deep viral cleaning is happening every day? You can’t even have that assurance at the Mayo Clinic!
One of the ship’s passengers mentioned to me that she wished that her grandchildren could go to school on a Viking ship. It just might be the safest place on earth to avoid the Covid virus.
As a travel agency owner, I find it frustrating that our media is so focused on the negative news.
Since June, we’ve had over 100 of our clients travel overseas, and we’ve had very little in the way of complications with Covid-19. And the two cases that I can think of off the top of my head were positive PCR tests upfront, which prevented people from traveling in the first place.
I’ll be the first to admit that I abhor wearing a mask. But, would I rather sit home or experience the world with friends new and old?
For Carol and me, we choose to wear the darn mask and see the world.
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