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The Federal Foreign Office instructs ALL tourists not to undertake cruises because of the risk of coronavirus


The British were asked today to avoid cruising due to the corona virus, although it was generally advised not to cancel all non-essential trips abroad.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a statement advising vacationers against boarding cruise ships because they fear spreading Covid-19.

The government had previously asked over-70s to avoid sailing.

It is because the government's blanket advice against all non-essential overseas trips was canceled on Saturday for dozens of destinations.

The FCO says the new position comes on the recommendation of Public Health England.

She has promised to further review her position and insisted that she continue to support the Department of Transportation's work with the industry to resume international cruise traffic.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a statement today advising people against boarding cruise ships because they fear it will spread Covid-19. Pictured: The largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas, in Malaga, Spain, in 2018

The travel advice means that many vacationers with future bookings run the risk that their trips will be canceled.

Rory Boland, editor of the consumer magazine Which? Travel said: & # 39; FCO's advice against cruise ships will result in most upcoming cruises being canceled or postponed.

How cruises to Covid will change: end of traditional buffets, reduced land visits and temperature controls

By Rita Sobot and Tom Pyman for the Daily Mail

Large cruise lines do not offer self-service buffets, while on-board entertainment may also be limited as a result of a number of changes in travel due to the coronavirus crisis.

In some cases, guests and crew may also need to be tested for the virus, or at least go through infrared controls, so that their temperature can be measured to reduce the risk of infection spreading.

Other measures include limiting the number of passengers and staggering boarding and alighting to ensure that fewer people are at the terminals and gangways.

Hand disinfectants are continuously installed on the ships, germicidal air filters are installed and the occupancy of elevators is limited.

At least one cruise ship had to limit its hospitality by overriding traditional greeting plans with a free buffet, while others say that only employees are allowed to serve food, and never the passenger.

Top locations like Spain currently still have a ban on the entry of cruise ships into their ports. The government says this will continue until the "end of the coronavirus crisis" without a fixed date.

“Most cruise customers should be eligible for a cash refund within 14 days, in accordance with vacation package regulations. However, as we recently saw across the travel industry, it often takes longer for operators facing an increase in refund claims to return customers' money to them.

& # 39; If refunds are delayed, cruise companies must urgently inform customers and set a clear schedule for returning the money.

"The FCO should also add a final date to their warning to give operators and customers clarity when a rebooking is safe."

In March, the FCO advised British people aged 70 and over and those with some health problems to avoid cruise ships.

The UK's largest cruise line, P&O Cruises, part of the Carnival group, ceased all cruises by mid-October.

The President of Carnival UK, President Simon Palethorpe, said: & # 39; We recognize the FCO guidelines and P&O Cruises had extended the break for all trips by October 15, and Cunard had the break until November 2020 extended.

& # 39; Our current focus is on working with top-level public health authorities and the Ministry of Transport. EU Healthy Gateways and CLIA, the industry association.

& # 39; We will follow applicable guidelines to further improve our already rigorous measures to keep our guests and crew healthy and healthy, and we will not resume trips with any of our brands until this framework is in place.

& # 39; This includes strict protocols before boarding, on the ship and at the destinations we visit.

"There is great trust in cruises and we see an increasing demand from our guests, whom we would be happy to welcome back on board when the time is right."

A spokesman for Norwegian Cruise Line, the third largest cruise line in the world, which operates regular flights from Southampton, said: “The first priority remains the safety and well-being of our guests, team members and everyone in the communities we visit.

& # 39; Therefore, we are actively working to improve our already stringent health and safety protocols and continue to consult with global health agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), necessary to take action.

The UK's largest cruise line, P&O Cruises (Image: P&O cruise ships Adonia (left) and Oceana, the White Sisters leaving Southampton), part of the Carnival group, ceased all cruises by mid-October

The UK's largest cruise line, P&O Cruises (Image: P&O cruise ships Adonia (left) and Oceana, the White Sisters leaving Southampton), part of the Carnival group, ceased all cruises by mid-October

& # 39; In addition, this week we announced the "Healthy Sail Panel", which consists of experts working together to develop recommendations that will help us resume operations safely.

& # 39; Despite today's news, we remain optimistic and hope to resume cruising in the near future. We look forward to welcoming our guests back on board soon. & # 39;

Last week, the Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland (CLIA), an important industry organization for the UK cruise industry, said that companies were "well prepared" for cleaning and hygiene, but that there were "further talks on how to proceed “After the coroan virus pandemic.

Shorter cruises, fewer port calls and an end to buffet meals are some of the ideas that have been proposed to get cruise ships back to sailing earlier.

The recommendations were published as part of the Covid 19 guidelines of the EU Healthy Gateways.

A graphic with the post-lockdown guidelines for cruise ships to be put back into operation this summer

A graphic with the post-lockdown guidelines for cruise ships to be put back into operation this summer

Andy Harmer, director of the Cruise Lines International Association in the UK and Ireland (CLIA), said: "A door-to-door policy will certainly be part of the cruise experience – from talking to your travel agent to disembarking," said Harmer.

"The strategy to reduce the risk of Covid-19 on cruise ships begins at the time of booking until the passengers return home." CLIA members include P&O, Cunard, MSC, Saga, Fred Olsen, Crystal, Celebrity, Seabourn and Holland America Line.

The most recent government council arrives when a survey found that residents in European countries were concerned about the return of British vacationers, according to YouGov.

However, the same research has shown that the nudge is unlikely to be a major problem – since the British themselves are too worried about the mistake of going abroad.

The study found that only 21 percent would consider a trip to France or Spain, while only 17 percent would consider a trip to Germany or Italy.

It says: "The vast majority of people who normally want to go on vacation specifically reject this because of the corona virus."

The survey firm YouGov interviewed 1,000 people in popular EU vacation destinations, many of whom expressed concern about a large number of British people who came to their country

The survey firm YouGov interviewed 1,000 people in popular EU vacation destinations, many of whom expressed concern about a large number of British people who came to their country

The YouGov results also showed where British tourists would be concerned about corona viruses due to travel there

The YouGov results also showed where British tourists would be concerned about corona viruses due to travel there

The investigation showed great concern about potential tourists, especially from China and the United States, who are coming to the UK

The investigation showed great concern about potential tourists, especially from China and the United States, who are coming to the UK

Many people from other countries suggested not considering coming to the UK due to the high rate of coronavirus

Many people from other countries suggested not considering coming to the UK due to the high rate of coronavirus

A crowded St. Sebastian beach in Barcelona in northeastern Spain last month where many people are concerned about the possible arrival of the British

A crowded St. Sebastian beach in Barcelona in northeastern Spain last month where many people are concerned about the possible arrival of the British

Spain was the sniffiest country the British visited. 61 percent of respondents wanted them to stay away.

As of today, English tourists can visit and return to 59 countries without having to go into quarantine when they return.

Despite the loosening of coronavirus restrictions in the UK, many Europeans are reluctant to fully open their borders.

Only in the United States and Brazil were there more Covid 19 deaths worldwide than in the United Kingdom. The results suggest that locals in France, Spain, Italy and Germany are more against British visits this summer than tourists from other parts of the continent.

Between 40 and 54 percent of Spaniards were against tourists who came to their country from other European countries, but this number rose to 61 percent for British holidaymakers.

Via the channel in France, around 55 percent said they rejected visitors from Great Britain, compared with 32 to 46 percent from other countries, while in Germany and Italy the proportion of those affected was 58 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

The only country exposed to more opposition than the United Kingdom was Sweden, as it has not banned since the outbreak.

The government's airlift policy was announced by Secretary of Transport Grant Schapps

Under the program, the majority of passengers are required to provide their contact details upon arrival in England.

Those who have visited countries in the quarantine list in the past 14 days will have to isolate themselves for two more weeks.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon rejected some countries on the British government's airlift list this week, including Spain

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon rejected some countries on the UK government's airlift list this week, including Spain

Crucially, those entering the country from the 59 listed locations, including popular holiday destinations like Spain, France and Cyprus, do not have to go through a fortnightly quarantine.

However, the rules are different in Scotland, where tourists arriving from Spain still need to be quarantined, Nicola Sturgeon said this week when she rejected some countries on the British government's list of airlifts.

In her daily virus briefing, the Scottish First Minister said the 14-day quarantine restriction will be lifted on July 10 or for people returning from 39 low-prevalence Covid-19 countries, including Germany, Norway and Malta visit these.

Other countries with a lower or not significantly higher prevalence of the virus than Scotland – including France, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy and Poland – are also included in the list.

However, she said that the restriction for Spain or Serbia will not be lifted. She said the "difficult decision" was driven by the evidence.

Sturgeon continued to warn tourists that any attempt to circumvent restrictions by crossing the border after flying to England was unsuccessful.

Teeside and Newcastle International Airports are both less than 160 km from the Scottish border.

What does the FCO Council mean for cruise passengers?

W.What happened?

The Federal Foreign Office has issued a warning about all cruise ships based on medical recommendations from Public Health England.

In the early stages of the pandemic, the ban only applied to vacationers over 70 years of age.

This was then replaced by a blanket embargo on "anything but essential" global travel, but by then the cruise companies had canceled all trips anyway.

Now, despite flights resumed with the easing of travel restrictions, officials have issued an indefinite warning about all cruise vacations.

Why did you do that?

Experts fear that cruises at this stage are simply too risky.

There are two reasons for this: The first is the health risk of forcing an average of 3,000 people, including many older people, to board a liner that is difficult to maintain social distance.

The second reason is diplomatic. The Department of Transportation's travel corridor system (DfT) is based on the assumption that most will travel between the UK and another country.

In contrast, cruise ships stop in multiple locations and often land in small villages or towns where the arrival of thousands of foreigners poses a significant risk to local communities.

What are the risks?

Cruise ships have been known as "floating petri dishes" for viruses for years.

This is due to the proximity of passengers and crew as well as the high proportion of older people who tend to go on cruise vacations and are more prone to illness.

A study of the Coronavirus outbreak at the Diamond Princes last month found that community facilities such as dining rooms, pools, and spas also contributed to the risk of infection.

What if I booked a cruise vacation this year?

There is uncertainty as to whether departures are expected to take place this fall, and you should contact your cruise operator or travel company for instructions.

If your trip is canceled, you are entitled to a refund in cash within 14 days, in accordance with vacation package regulations – although this may take longer due to the scope of the claims.

Customers are advised not to accept vouchers for a future trip as they offer little consumer protection.

You may also be offered replacement sailing in 2021 when cruise companies hope to start operating again – although this is not guaranteed as the recommendation for all cruises is vague.

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