TRAVEL UPDATES - FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS | HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

SMALL SHIPS, GREAT FLEXIBILITY: OUR NEW FLEXIBLE BOOKING POLICY

Enjoy reduced deposits and the serenity to cancel for any reason.

For all new reservations for 2021 and Winter 2021/22 cruises confirmed as of October 15, 2020 until January 15, 2021:

Secure your booking by a deposit of ONLY € 250/ $ 300 per person for double and € 300 / $ 360 for singles travelers.

Balance 60 days prior your cruise departure

Cancellation conditions

Up to 60 days prior to your embarkation: Administration fees* € 120/ $150 per person in double cabins and €150/$  180 per person in single.

59-30 days prior to your embarkation: 50% cancellation fees (25% cancellation fees and 25% of the amount will be considered as Future Credit ** valid for any scheduled variety Cruises embarking until the end of December 2022.)

29 -00 days from your embarkation: 100% cancellation fees

*In case of cancellation the administration fee per booking will be converted to a future cruise credit redeemable on bookings made up to 12 months after cancellation, valid for any cruise and date of cruise.

Conditions & Restrictions

  • The “Small Ships, Great Flexibility” New policy conditions are valid only for bookings confirmed by Variety Cruises as of OCTOBER 15TH 2020 – JANUARY 15TH 2021.
  • The above policy may be withdrawn anytime without prior notice.
  • All reservations are on request and on first-come-first-served basis.
  • They do not apply on existing bookings and on group bookings.
  • Please mention “VCFLEX” at the moment of your booking. Otherwise, Full Normal Payment and Cancellation conditions will apply
  • Please mention “VCFLEX” at the moment of your booking. Otherwise, Full Normal Payment and Cancellation conditions will apply
  • For cancellations within 59 – 00 days from sailing: A full refund or Future Cruise Credit will be offered to passengers in the events of
    • a) The country of embarkation is not allowing certain nationalities to enter the country or impose quarantine due to Covid-19 situation in passengers’ country or the countries of embarkation.
    • b) In the event that the country of passengers imposes a quarantine to their nationals upon their return

TRAVEL UPDATE - HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES


SMALL IS BETTER

  • Yachts carrying only 30-40 guests on average
  • Enjoy Swim stops in uninhabited islands & visit quaint small islands and remote beaches accessible only by yachts
  • Small Group Shore excursions and archaeological sites visits during off-peak hours

In addition to the benefits of traveling on board our small ships with a few fellow travelers, we have activated additional preventive measures so that our guests may feel prepared and confident with their decision to sail on board Variety Cruises yachts.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ON OUR YACHTS, SO YOU CAN TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE

With the consultation of The World Health Organization (WHO), we have adopted the below measures and sanitation protocols on board our small ships since the beginning of the outbreak.  Up to today, and following these protocols across our fleet, we have not had a COVID-19 case on board our yachts.

Policies currently in place include:

  • Mandatory pre-boarding health reporting and screening
  • Health & Sanitation Protocols on board our yachts
  • Crew Outbreak response plan and outbreak prevention protocols

A.MANDATORY PRE-EMBARKATION SCREENING

We have implemented pre-cruise screening for all guests and crew. This includes: 

All passengers and crew will be screened prior embarkation and every morning during the cruise for:

  • a) Body temperature
  • b) Blood oxygen content
  • c) Infectious antibodies  

Boarding will be denied to any guest or crew who has, within 14 days of embarkation:

  • have experienced any flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing
  • have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID-19, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19

B. WHILE ON BOARD /DURING THE CRUISE

General Hygiene Practices & Standards

  • Usage of sanitizer dispensers are mandatory at embarkation/disembarkation as well as prior to entry at Restaurant area at meals
  • Tour coaches will be limited to half capacity & sanitized before each use
  • Avoiding rush hours in archaeological sites
  • Swim stops away from the crowded beaches

Guest Accommodations

  • Daily UV sterilization of all staterooms and public areas
  • Higher frequency with increased levels of sanitization and disinfection in guests’ cabins with hospital grade disinfectants, including twice daily wipe-down of guest cabins and guests cabin corridors
  • Injection of diluted cleaning solution into drains to avoid clogged pipes and preventing bacterial growth
  • Disinfection of all air-conditioning and ventilation ducts

Public Areas

  • High-touch areas such as handrails, buttons, table-tops, door handles etc. will be sterilized every hour
  • Lounge-Bar areas and Restaurant Areas including galleys: sterilized before, during and after service

Food Hygiene Practices & Standards

  • Guest seating will ensure ample spacing; disposable cutlery will be provided, upon request.
  • Self-service at F&B buffet restaurants will be suspended. All food & beverages will be served to guests by crew members wearing face masks & disposable gloves.

C. CREW MEMBERS

Practices & Standards

  • Twice daily temperature checks.
  • Our Crew receives professional health and hygiene training
  • COVID-19 outbreak seminars are carried out across our fleet of small ship cruises

Some measures will remain in effect in certain countries and are subject to change at any time as we evaluate the situation and continue to consult with local health authorities as well as the WHO. 

For frequently asked questions and information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

This Advisory supersedes all previous versions and will be updated as required.