Are cruise ships safe?



Finally restrictions have been lifted, which not only means we can go on holiday again (depending on the country’s safe-list status), but cruise ships are also setting sail again for fans of nautical travel.


Cruise ships are of course a cause for concern for those who are worried about spread of infection. At the height of the pandemic Cruise ships were at the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak. The British flagged Princess Cruise’s Diamond Princess cruise ship made the headlines in 2020 when 3,600 passengers were quarantined.


As one of the worst affected, the Diamond Princess became the subject of several studies, not least the 2020 study by Tokyo’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases. The study shows just how quickly the disease spread across the ship from a single confirmed case of Covid-19. Of the 3,711 Tokyo’s National Institute passengers 700 contracted the virus and 14 passengers lost their lives. The study found that the infection spread rapidly before they had confirmed the first case, and with no ‘clusters’ or specific areas across the ship, the data suggests the infection was spread in communal areas where people were drinking together, dancing or dining.


Thankfully cruises are implementing stricter measures to keep travellers safe. If you are travelling via cruise the CDC and UK Government has some helpful advice. Cruise.co.uk has also made a list of the Covid-19 Policies for the largest cruise providers.


80% of harmful infections are spread through touch*. In fact it only takes two hours for an a contaminated table or door handle to infect 60% of a building** At SAVORTEX® we know that in any environment where there are multiple communal areas and confined spaces, it is of the utmost importance that passengers and crew maintain the hightest level of hand-hygiene.


We know that with the best intentions (especially on holiday) it is easy to forget to sanitise as regularly as needed and impossible for health and safety managers to monitor the risk of transmission.


Which is why we developed the Smart Sanitiser Dispenser. Our unique dispenser uses RFID technology to read when a passenger has walked past, and sends them a discreet reminder via an app to sanitise should they forget. It can even deny access to areas where the risk of transmission is higher such as kitchens and staff areas.


The health and safety manager can see a real-time snapshot of the hand-hygiene level on board via a dedicated hygiene portal to ensure the safety of both passengers and crew.


For a FREE demonstration of our technology, contact our experts below:



*CDC 2021 Prevention & Public Health / Hand Hygiene

**American Society for Microbiology



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