UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES
EVERY TOUCHPOINT: Uniworld Unveils Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols
~Bettridge and Team Reviewing Every Protocol of Interaction in Preparation for Reopening~
LOS ANGELES – May 4, 2020 – In preparation for the line’s expected return, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announces enhanced health and safety protocols. After an extensive review of current procedures, and consideration of every touchpoint and interaction between crew and guest, new measures will be added to every facet of the experience, from onboard dining and the maintenance and service of guest suites to excursions and crew etiquette.
“At Uniworld, the health and wellbeing of our guests and our crew are paramount. As we prepare to join the world community in reopening our homes, businesses, ships and lives to one another, we have carefully reviewed protocols and procedures to ensure that the touchpoints between the people we care about the very most are managed with intention, respect and utmost care,” said Ellen Bettridge, president & CEO of Uniworld.
Bettridge said that common practices, such as candy jars in the lounge and displayed coffee table books which had been considered welcoming, are now part of the everyday experiences that are being reimagined across the company. “We have been scrupulous in our process to consider every moment that may present an unnecessary concern and why all coffee table books, magazines and brochures for example, have been removed from public use. Instead, guests will be able to access these reading materials via our complimentary PressReader app on their personal devices,” said Bettridge.
As an extension to the rigorous sanitation procedures Uniworld already has in place, other new guest measures include:
In addition to regularly reviewing procedures and protocols to ensure best practices, Bettridge shared that Uniworld is also closely monitoring and following recommendations from world health authorities including the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the independent agency of the European Union (EU) whose mission is to strengthen Europe's defenses against infectious diseases and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as from traditional ocean cruise industry association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). As a member of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Uniworld will also leverage their expertise.
“Consistently reviewing our policies to improve and enhance the safety and wellbeing of our guests is part of our DNA; what’s important right now, is the speed at which we’re able to act on new information, particularly from local authorities where we cruise,” said Bettridge. “We have worked on internal processes to help our team embrace and thrive during crucial moments when the need to pivot quickly is imperative.”
According to Bettridge, Uniworld’s already stringent crew protocol has also been reviewed and enhanced. In addition to the extensive and required professional health and hygiene HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) training that all crew receives, crew will receive regular health screenings and are expected to adhere to social distancing requirements, all public and private crew quarters are sanitized regularly; plus now, crew meals are served - no self-service allowed.
“The world is changed and as we start to welcome guests just beginning to step back into travel, we want them to know that we understand and are anticipating their concern and taking careful and deliberate steps to protect their safety, health and wellbeing—which will come in the form of a broad smile instead of a handshake” said Bettridge.
For more information, visit Uniworld.com/Health-Safety.
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ABOUT UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world's most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line - features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and one of the highest staff-to-guest-ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, Peru and Egypt—a total of 25 rivers in 25 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts, having most recently been named the #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2019 readers’ survey and voted Top-Rated River Cruise Line Europe in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards. Uniworld is a member of The Travel Corporation (TTC) family of companies, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. (www.uniworld.com)
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