Oceania Cruises will resume cruises in August this year, with Marina scheduled to cruise to Scandinavia and Western Europe from Copenhagen in Denmark.
The 1,250-guest Marina will resume her originally published voyage schedule, beginning with an August 29th departure from Copenhagen. It will also mark Oceania Cruises first return to service since the pandemic struck in March last year.
“The entire Oceania Cruises team is excited to now shift our focus to safely restarting operations and ultimately welcoming back our guests to begin exploring the world once again,” said Bob Binder, President &CEO of Oceania Cruises.
Phased restart dates for the balance of the Oceania Cruises fleet will be forthcoming and itineraries will be evaluated for port availability and adjusted as needed closer to the sailing dates, the company said in its release.
Throughout September and October, Marina is scheduled to cruise from Amsterdam, Lisbon, Venice and Barcelona on 7, 10, 12 and 14-night cruises. In November, she’s scheduled to cross the Atlantic and sail from Miami to Central and South America.
Until recently, those plans seemed far-fetched, but the CDC indicated this week that it may be warming to the idea of allowing cruises to resume from US ports.
Oceania is undertaking a phased restart along with the rest of the cruise industry, with a science-backed plan for a healthy return to service that protects guests, crew and communities visited.
The cruise line’s anti-COVID-19 measures are based on the robust SailSAFE Health and Safety Program, which creates multiple layers of protection against COVID-19 and was developed with guidance from the cruise line’s team of public health and scientific experts.
These included the Healthy Sail Panel and the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council.
The program requires pre-cruise testing and screening prior to boarding, as well as mandatory face masks in common areas, frequent hand washing, social distancing, contact tracing and other safety measures.
“At Oceania Cruises, we value health, well-being and safety above all else,” added Binder. “Our guests, our crew, and, of course, the many amazing, dedicated people who work with us in the destinations we travel to are the very lifeblood of our business and we’ll do everything in our power to safeguard their health and safety.”