Marella Cruises is hoping to resume sailings on Marella Explorer out of Corfu on October 2, 2020 pending UK  government travel advice changes.

The UK-based operator has introduced Marella Promise covering guarantees for safe cruising and new health and safety measures including health screenings, increased sanitisation of all public areas and social distancing onboard.

The cruise line will only operate quarantine-free cruises and won’t travel to destinations with isolating measures in place, meaning ‘The cruise won’t go ahead if we are going somewhere you have to quarantine on arrival or return,’ explained Amy Dowling, Senior PR Manager, Marketing and Customer Experience at TUI UK & Ireland.

UK flights

Corfu sailings on Marella Explorer will carry passengers from the UK on TU flights only and guests will complete a health questionnaire to fly with us,’ Dowling, added.

Before boarding, customers will be asked to take a health screening which includes a questionnaire and a temperature check. Customers also may be asked to wear face masks at times either onboard or ashore. There will also be fewer guests onboard to help adhere to social distancing measures. Customer luggage will be disinfected before it’s delivered to cabins and there will be signs for one-way systems around the ships. Cabins and public areas will be regularly and thoroughly deep cleaned and there will be an increase in hand sanitiser stations around the ship.

Marella Promise

Chris Hackney, Managing Director of Marella Cruises said: ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming guests back onboard our ships again soon and we’re hopeful we’ll be able to start operations at the beginning of October. Our teams have been working really hard to ensure we’re ready to give customers the best and safest experience when we can.

‘We understand some customers may feel a little uncertain about cruising and wonder what a cruise will be like post-covid, which is why we have created the new Marella Promise.’