Saga Cruises ’Spirit of Discovery’ is to return to service later this month.
She was delivered in July, 2019 but had her sailings suspended last spring when COVID-19 locked down the UK.
While lying in dock at Tilbury during the past year, maintenance crew made improvements, including the installation of hand-washing stations at the entrance to all restaurants.
The 540 crew will join the 999-pax capacity ship over the coming days ahead of the resumption of sailings, which will be operated with a limited capacity.
Once on board, the crew will re-familiarise themselves with the ship and their roles, as well as go through extensive COVID-protocol training before passengers arrive.
She will undertake a number of sea trials out of Tilbury, which will enable the crew to practice and refine key elements, such as breakfast, lunch and dinner service, theatrical performances, the daily cleaning routine, and restocking at ports.
‘Spirit of Discovery’ is due to re-enter service on 27th June on a six-night cruise from Tilbury.
Her sistership, ‘Spirit of Adventure’, is scheduled to leave Tilbury on her delayed maiden cruise on 26th July.
All passengers will be required to have had both COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 days ahead of departure.
Saga Cruises said that it had introduced strict protocols, including pre-board testing, enhanced cleaning regimes on board, social distancing and enhancements to the air conditioning.