The Coronavirus is obviously causing great concern to those planning cruises with us in the near future.
We are closely monitoring global developments regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and are fully focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of our guests and crew. We take the advice of both the UK and Scottish Governments.
To comply with the guidance from the government and industry experts, we will implement enhanced measures to protect guests and crew. These measures will apply to anyone (guests and crew alike) boarding Majestic Line boats.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by these precautionary measures, which will remain in place until we receive official advice that they are no longer required.
We have cancelled the cruises planned for the 4th and 11th April and we are continually monitoring the situation ahead of that. Our first concern is your health.
However, the one thing that is not changing is the outstanding scenery and wildlife of the west coast of Scotland or the welcome and hospitality you will receive on board our cruises that will go ahead. We hope to provide a welcome break from the current stresses.
Current Government advice has been given that the over 70s or anybody having an underlying health issues should avoid unnecessary travel or socialising for the next 12 weeks.
We need to respect your response to this and will happily rebook those affected. We will waive the normal administration fee. We will also keep this advice under constant review.
However, we have never questioned the age of guests and our only stipulation has been that you should feel comfortable with our itinerary and be able to manage the shore trip in our tenders. Guests with pre-existing conditions have generally advise us accordingly. We will return to our normal policy after the current period.
Will my cruise go ahead as planned?
There are currently no reasons, nor specific industry advice, to suggest that our small-ship, live-aboard should be cancelled. It is therefore our intention to operate our itineraries as scheduled from April 18th, but we will continue to monitor and review the situation and will update guests as appropriate and as early as possible should circumstances dictate.
Our vessels are well ventilated relying on fresh air not air conditioning and cruises are relatively short in duration, not far from safe ports. The essence of our cruises is to explore the Hebrides and other remote locations and islands. It’s not unusual for many of our landings to be accomplished in complete isolation, ‘far from the madding crowd’.
What additional measures are we taking?
Approximately one week prior to a cruise, all passengers will be contacted, either by email or telephone and asked a series of questions relating to their recent travel history and any health symptoms. Depending on the answers provided, guests may be asked to postpone or cancel their trip.
We will adopt similar precautions with our crew
Approximately one week prior to a cruise, all crew members are required to complete a Public Health Questionnaire. Depending on the answer provided, crew members may be stood down for a period.
The crew have also been instructed not to shake hands, so please do not think they are being rude. We would ask that you also adopt this policy with crew and fellow guests.
What other measures are we taking?
Under normal circumstances we have strict hygiene procedures in place to prevent cross contamination by illnesses such as norovirus. We are ramping up these procedures by installing additional hand sanitisers. However, we realise this is a holiday and not a hospital stay so they will be balance and it will not affect your enjoyment.
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