While travel bans continue to keep European river lines that cater to Americans largely grounded, operators are using the extended pause to update and improve health safety protocols for protecting guests and crew from Covid-19 when they start sailing again.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises CEO Ellen Bettridge said her company is contracting with ACT.Global’s CleanCoat  to blanket their ships with antimicrobial coating that kills bacteria and viruses.

Bettridge said the company is now working on a plan to have all surfaces on the company’s ships treated with the long-lasting non-toxic, odorless coating that some hotels have begun to deploy.

Lindblad Expeditions has been using it on expedition ships since mid-2018. Since then, Bettridge said, Lindblad has “seen a dramatic reduction in norovirus.”

AmaWaterways, meanwhile, said it will be adding public health officers to its ships.

The latest announcements are in addition to the comprehensive  health and safety protocols such as masks, social distancing, smaller groups, health questionnaires and temperature checks that cruise lines and other travel companies have implemented in accordance with guidance from CLIA, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local and national governments.

“We will always go over and above any guidelines that are in place to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests and crew,” said Kristin Kart, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways. 

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