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Coronavirus: Whet Travel has you covered. Updated August 14, 2020.
Your health, safety, and security has always been the #1 priority to Whet Travel. As we closely monitor the Coronavirus updates, we are taking all measures the health department has provided us to protect you, our Captains. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything new throughout this event.
We would like to take note that Groove Cruise Miami is still far in the future, and as the Coronavirus may get worse before it gets better, generally these outbreaks are seasonal and most likely will calm down. It is important to note that our cruise line partner Celebrity is one of the first to test GREEN under the new CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) color coding status, meaning all of the Celebrity ships have been COVID-19 free for a month. As unfortunate as this has been to all those effected, we want to shed a light of positivity to all those who are worried within our community. Right now, Groove Cruise Miami coming Jan 7-11, 2021 is a go, and we cannot wait to see each and every one of you.
Earlier this year, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, told Forbes, “If you are a healthy young person, there is no reason if you want to go on a cruise ship, go on a cruise ship. But the fact is that if you have an individual who has an underlying condition, particularly an elderly person who has an underlying condition, I would recommend strongly that they do not go on a cruise ship.” You can read the full article here.
The cruise lines we work with are multi-billion dollar public companies and they all have extremely strict guidelines for health, and have vast experience and resources with viruses and outbreaks around the world for many years. They have implemented proactive safety measures including enhanced health screening as detailed below. There has been an additional precautionary measure just added regarding required temperature screenings before embarkation. YOU are the captain and we will do everything we can to ensure you are safe healthy and have the absolute best time of your life!!
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Cruising Right Now
Pre-cruise communication and additional health screening is key. We will continue to keep you updated up until each event as things continue onward. It is important to recognize that as we monitor the world-wide developments regarding the Coronavirus, we will follow the guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while the cruise lines extend all medical boarding questionnaires before embarkation.
Our cruise line partner, Celebrity Cruises is one of the first to test GREEN under the new CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) color coding status, meaning all of the Celebrity ships have been COVID-19 free for a month.
Celebrity Staff Health and Safety Protocols:
All of the cruise lines onboard Medical Centers and staff are qualified to handle a wide variety of medical situations that may arise. They are required to report certain symptoms such as respiratory illness to the onboard medical team, and we will ask all of our Captains to do the same.
We want to actively assure you that Whet Travel and our cruise line partners will always implement all current guidelines as well as additional safety and health measures. If you’d like to read more into this please visit the CLIA website and/or the CDC website. We look forward to incredible sailings coming up with you Captain!
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Updated Aug. 14, 2020. CDC
Know how it spreads
Avoid close contact
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and disinfect
Monitor Your Health Daily