Genting Cruise Lines has announced that Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream is the first cruise ship in the industry to receive the Certification in Infection Prevention for the Maritime Industry (CIP-M) from the leading classification society, DNV GL.
In conjunction with the certification, the cruise line also announced that Explorer Dream will recommence operation in Taiwan from 26 July onward offering Taiwan Island-Hopping itineraries.
The CIP-M is based on DNV GL’s stringent healthcare foundation and expertise in infection risk management, used in the accreditation and certification of more than 630 hospitals worldwide. CIP-M is unique as it is based on proved hospital standards and measures against infection risk and further tailored for cruise ships by experts from various fields including the maritime industry.
“We are very proud to mark the world’s first CIP-M certification with Genting Cruise Lines. It is encouraging to see that the cruise lines has taken a lead in an industry so adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our new certification will help ship operators to restore passengers confidence and restart operation once the situation allows,” commented Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager of South East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV GL-Maritime.
Dream Cruise will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the industry was shut down due to the pandemic. During the past few months, Genting Cruise Lines has completely re-examined and enhanced all of its health, hygiene and operating protocols to ensure the safest environment for guests and crews on board. Those include social distancing in dining, entertainment and public areas, as well as improved fresh air ventilation in staterooms and operations throughout the ship. Online check in and boarding at designated times is also applied to minimise congestion and onboard venues will be operating at reduced capacity. While self-service at F&B buffer will be stopped and all food and beverages will be served by crew wearing face masks and gloves to add precautionary measures.