While most cruise lines around the world have suspended departures through this fall, we anticipate that small ships, from river cruises to expedition-style vessels will be more popular than ever. Our fingers are crossed that some smaller ships will be cruising again by the end of this year. We are hopeful that this sector of cruising will begin a resurgence by spring 2021.
All cruise lines will implement new and rigorous health and safety protocols for travelers. This ranges from reduced guest capacity to changes in how meals are presented. The days of a breakfast buffet may be on hold for a while. Small ships, both river and ocean, allow for more outdoor space per cruiser because there are fewer guests. This provides for lots of fresh air to take in the magnificent views.
On AmaWaterways river cruise ships, expect smaller groups with no more than 6 people on land-based excursions. Social distancing enhancements have been made lounge and dining area spaces which allow guests to enjoy without the use of a face mask. And for now, AmaWaterways guests can choose to dine in their stateroom. This is another terrific reason to choose a more spacious and light-filled twin balcony cabin.
Kristin Karst, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of AmaWaterways shares here about onboard safety protocols.
-Rochelle, August 2020