Cruise Lines International Association And Its Members Announce Brazilian Cruise Season 2021/2022 To Restart Beginning March 5
CLIA in Brazil (Brazilian Association of Maritime Cruises) and its members today (March 2, 2022) confirmed the continuation of the national cruise season in Brazil beginning March 5, 2022 with sailings scheduled until April 18, 2022.
The 2022/2023 season is scheduled to begin in October 2022.
There will be 19 itineraries that will pass through eight destinations in the States of Santa Catarina, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, including Balneário Camboriú, Itajaí, Porto Belo, Santos, Ilhabela, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis/Ilha Grande and Búzios, which are fully aligned to implement strict safety protocols that value people’s health and guarantee the high quality of experiences offered to cruise passengers.
Cruise is the only travel and tourism segment that requires a robust multi-layered approach to health and safety protocols that spans the entirety of the cruise experience—including proof of a negative test prior to boarding; regular testing of crew; an environment where nearly every single person is vaccinated; ongoing sanitation of all public spaces and guest/crew rooms; mask-wearing, social distancing, ventilation, and other measures that public health experts around the world have endorsed.
As a result, the incidence of COVID-19 onboard cruise ships is a fraction of what occurs on land and hospitalizations are extraordinarily rare. In the rare occasions where medical treatment is required for passengers or crew, cruise ships have medical, isolation and quarantine facilities on site, and extensive response plans using private shoreside resources to prevent any burden on ports or communities.
Cruises are vital to the global economic recovery. Since July 2020, more than 6 million passengers have sailed in nearly 90 markets worldwide. CLIA-member lines represent more than 90% of the world’s ocean-going capacity with approximately 270 ships.
In Brazil, the last season (2019/2020) brought an impact of R$ 2.24 billion to the Brazilian economy and generated around 34,000 jobs, involving an extensive chain of sectors of the economy, including trade, food, transportation, lodging, tourist services, agency, receptive and fuel, among many others.
CLIA and its members extend their appreciation to the Ministries of Tourism, Health, Justice, Infrastructure, Civil Cabinet and Anvisa, in addition to the States and Municipalities, whose support was fundamental for the continuity of this season. CLIA members have spared no effort in the continuous and uninterrupted work for the continuation of operations, with the constant purpose of sailing responsibly, implementing rigorous protocols that prioritize the health of guests, crew and the communities that receive the cruises, and remain focused in offering the best onboard experiences.
Protocols in force in Brazil
Mandatory full vaccination for guests and crew members (eligible under the National Immunization Plan).
Pre-embarkation testing (PCR up to three days before or Antigen up to one day before travel).
Frequent testing of at least 10% of passengers and crew.
Reduced capacity on board to facilitate the social distancing of 1.5m between groups and allow the distribution of cabins reserved to isolate potential cases.
Mandatory use of masks.
Completion of personal health form (DSV – Traveler’s Health Statement).
Fresh air without constant recirculation, disinfection and sanitization.
Contingency plan with specially trained medical staff and structure with modern resources for guest and crew care.
Traceability measures and daily communication with ANVISA, Municipalities and States.