Martinoli says Silversea is working to 'perfect' Covid protocols

Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre, left, and CEO Roberto Martinoli, center, on the Silver Origin.
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During the virtual tour of its new ship, the Silver Origin, Silversea's top executive said that Covid 19-related protocols are still a work in progress but that some changes can be expected.

"We are still working on it because we are continuing to improve and perfect the plan," said CEO Roberto Martinoli. And although the line's hygiene is already at the "highest standard," he added, "needless to say we will continue to improve."

He said that the ships already have the ability to disinfect rooms with a fogging system.

"It is proven that it is removing any virus, bacteria, anything like that," he said. "The frequency of this will be increased, and we will make sure that at the beginning of each cruise that the cabins will be in perfect condition."

Physical distance will be an onboard requirement, Martinoli said, and passengers "will have to respect" those measures. Martinoli said that on Silversea ships, which have "generous" guest-to-space ratios, "it will be easier to do." For example on the Origin, since both restaurants are large enough to accommodate all passengers at once, the ship can easily stagger diners and add distance between tables. The same attention to social distancing will apply to other activities onboard.

A virtual event to deliver the Silver Origin

A lot of attention is also being paid to the crew in terms of testing, he said; a network of labs is in place to test the crew before they join the ship.

Martinoli said each guest and crewmember will be tested in order to intercept anybody who is not in good physical health.

The medical centers on the ships are being enhanced, he said, and are "properly equipped to treat any type of condition." And the line will also have connections with shoreside medical facilities "in case we need more help," he added.

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