Many of us has spent months and months at home due to the global pandemic; the coronavirus that has been haunting us all. The deadly virus has take toll on many lives and forced countries to imply strict restrictions upon their people. That requires locking down people at their home, cancelling events, and close borders. Travelling was thrown out of the window completely—anyone who travels automatically put themselves and their loved ones at risk. Travel industry and anything related begin to nosedive—not knowing when the ban can be lifted up or when everything return to normal. The Komodo National Park also took the hit. Labuan Bajo emptied out its tourists and the all proud, luxurious Phinisi boats and cruises are quietly docking in the harbour.
While the mighty Komodo and wild animals are enjoying their untouched territories, their human admirers has been longing a chance to meet them again. As per now, Komodo cruise trip might be temporary closed, but there will be days when we will sail again. However, things will not be the same again. Expect Komodo tour to be different in a number of ways—lots of things will be the new normal to the trip.
Health Declarations Requirements to Embark on Komodo Cruise
All travels in the future would require a pre-travel questionnaires, assessments, and most likely COVID-negative declaration paper from official health organisation. Extra layer of health security would be imposed for everyone’s safety. However, this also means extra cost to get you tested and manage all the papers before sailing with Komodo cruise. They will also have the right to reject your booking if you don’t meet the health standard.
The Operational Evaluation
The Komodo cruise will also do its best to maintain their hygiene and safety. Assessment on guests contacts points would be strictly applied. Guest contacts points might be different from each boat, but generally it covers from the gangway to the salons, guest rooms, dive decks, public bathrooms, to all the chairs and tables.
Masks and Hand Sanitisers Will be A Must in Komodo Cruise
Thinking that you can abandon the mandatory face mask and hand sanitising once you are on holiday at Komodo cruise? Think again, darling. Even if you are way far in the middle of the ocean, you cannot forget the face masks both on the liveaboard and on the destination islands. Face mask is part of your body now—especially on any public places.
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Disinfecting Standard Training for Crews
Expect to see crews disinfecting every corners and crevice thoroughly with disinfectants multiple times a day during the sailing trip. Crew training would include appropriate COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures. You can be sure that every hand railing, door handles, sofas, tables, and other hard-surface furniture is disinfected at least three times a day.
Limited Number of Guests Contact Points on Dining Room and Lounges
There is a probability that Komodo cruise will put tight limitation of passengers on their trip—or at least until the COVID vaccine is found. Smaller group cruising allow guests to do proper physical distancing in the boat and minimise direct contact between guests.
These are just half of how the new normal on Komodo cruising trip would be. What do you think?