China is preparing to gradually resume domestic cruise tourism following the opening of provincial tourism.

China’s Ministry of Transport issued guidance on coronavirus prevention and control for the domestic cruise industry and preparations for resumption.

According to the guidance, Yangtze River routes initially will be limited to between Chongqing and Yichang, Hubei province. The departure and transit ports and destinations will need to be at low risk for COVID-19.

Crew tests, reduced capacity

Crew members will have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of signing on.

The maximum passenger capacity for each vessel should be less than 50%.

Yangtze river lines plan mid-August start

Chongqing-based Century Cruises plans to resume in mid-August. Yangtze service will restart gradually on its five luxury vessels, Century Paragon, Century Legend, Century Emerald, Century Sun and Century Sky.

Another Chongqing-based line, Huaxia Goddess Deluxe Cruise, also plans to begin sailing in mid-August, with two vessels, No.1 China Goddess and No.2 China Goddess.