European cruise line A-ROSA has revealed its plan to restart selected departures on the Rhine and Danube by early June, if not earlier.
The move follows the relaxation of rules regarding the opening of hotels, restaurants, river cruises, and day cruises for tourists by regional German authorities and their Austrian counterparts, which will come into effect this month.
The company will also announce information on its cruises in France and Portugal “in due course”, according to a press statement.
A-ROSA chief executive Joerg Eichler said: “Following the long period of lockdown, we are delighted to be able to welcome our guests on board again and enable them to enjoy their holidays with us.
“It goes without saying that our primary responsibility is for the welfare of our guests and crew. Therefore, we have put together a team of experts, consisting of both internal and external hygiene and health specialists.”
Currently, the A-ROSA ‘Care-Team’ is working on a hygiene and health concept that embraces the current safety measures and distancing regulations for guests and crew.
Birgit Eisbrenner, regional director at A-ROSA across Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are thrilled to be a beacon of hope for the industry in these unprecedented times.
“We know that the road to recovery will not be easy, but Aussies and Kiwis are very resilient travellers, eager to get going again.
“Coupled with the unmatched dedication displayed by travel agents in this part of the world, I am confident that we can welcome Australians and New Zealanders back on our ships as soon as travel restrictions here get lifted”.