After a 6-month furlough or, in this case, shore-leave, Sea Safari Cruises has resumed its dinner cruises on Saturday, 15 August 2020.
As reported by NusaBali, the dinner-entertainment cruises have reopened with physical distancing and sanitation protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The director of sales and marketing for Sea Safari Cruises, Eva Tanudjaja, said that before the global Pandemic, the ship would carry 300 passengers, but now, until further notice, it will only carry a maximum load of 92 guests.
On the first dinner cruise to celebrate the end of the 6-month cessation of operations, the ship only carried 30% of its rated capacity on its first “pirates dinner cruise.”
“We hope we can help restore Indonesia tourism, specifically in Bali, in the ‘new era’ of operating in the COVID-19 Pandemic. In the past, we targeted foreign tourists – especially visitors from China, Europe, and Australia. But, for now, we will be handling only domestic tourists,” Tanudjaja said.
Sea Safari Cruise’s Evening Pirate Dinner Cruise is adopting the Tourism Ministry’s program of Cleanliness, Health, and Safety (CHS). These measures include the disinfection of the ship before and after each departure, the provision of hand sanitizers throughout the ship, and the requirement for passengers and crew to wear face masks.
Once on board the ship, physical distancing protocols are enforced by limiting occupancy to only 50%. As passengers board the vessel, body temperatures are thermally scanned. Ship’s crew wear masks, face shields, and protective gloves for food and beverage service.
Working together with a local hospital in Bali, all standard operating procedures and protocols are carried out in strict compliance with standards established by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Continuing, Tanudjaja said: “We require guests to show us the results confirming a non-reactive Rapid Test for COVID-19. We ask guests boarding for a dinner cruise without a Bali-KTP to show us Rapid Test results. Passengers from outside Bali must present the results of a still-valid non-reactive Rapid Test.”
Sea Safari is also offering, for a limited period, a special 80% discount for their dinner cruise. “Our normal priced before the global Pandemic was Rp. 605,000 per person but is now priced at only Rp. 178,000.
This discount remains valid until the end of September 2020,” explained Eva Tanudjaja.