Bar Harbor to refuse cruise ships
Bar Harbor has agreed that, after a presentation by American Cruise Lines earlier this week, it does not want any cruise traffic in 2020.
A presentation by American Cruise Lines to a town council meeting on Tuesday highlighted various procedures the company was able to pursue to call Bar Harbor, but ultimately fell short by 2020. The city agreed it would not want any cruise traffic by 2020, be it big ships (as pictured, Royal Caribbean's Dream of the Seas in Bar Harbor), or even small ships with reduced capacity.
The company was willing to make the following adjustments to its cruise experience:
- Limit capacity from 175 guests to 60 guests. Crew would also be reduced.
- Passengers would self quarantine at home seven days before the cruise departure.
- Three (3) days prior to travel to Maine and Four (4) to Five (5) days before travel to Alaska,passengers would take PCR swab test and report results to American Cruise Lines before traveling.
- Medical screening of passengers and crew.
- Social distancing aboard.
- Only 25 guests would leave the ship at once while in port.
The 20-page risk reduction strategy for the organization embodied everything from pre-cruise to onboard procedures, safety problems, outbreak plans, and more.
Maritime Business World