Launch of the cruise season in Brazil in October

Brazil’s 2022-2023 cruise season will begin in October with 19 itineraries calling at eight destinations in the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, including stops in Búzios, Recife, Ilhabela and Ubatuba, said officials from EMBRATUR, the Brazilian tourism promotion agency.

Cruise protocols include mandatory full vaccinations for passengers and crew and required pre-boarding COVID testing, including PCR testing done three days before travel and one-day antigen testing. Frequent testing of at least 10% of passengers and crew during the trip will also take place, officials said.

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Passengers will be required to wear masks and social distance in appropriate environments, while “ships also have isolation and quarantine facilities” for customers who test positive. Cruise lines are also required to maintain “extensive contingency plans using private shore-based resources to avoid any burden on ports” or communities.

“EMBRATUR and the Ministry of Tourism consider it essential to resume the cruise season,” said Carlos Brito, President of EMBRATUR. “The resumption of cruises is an important step to further strengthen and promote the resumption of tourism in our country.”

Brito added: “This good news reflects Brazil’s commitment to tourists and the sector, guaranteeing the creation of more jobs and economic development since this segment is the engine of a large part of the tourism production chain. , such as the hotel chain, restaurants and trade in general. .”

Cruise ships sailing in Brazil will be limited to 75% of passenger capacity, with onboard spacing of five feet between groups of travelers, weekly testing of all crew on board and daily status notification health on board each vessel.

“Traveling by boat in Brazil is an incredible way to explore the wide variety of routes and attractions from sun and beach, but also adventure, sport and even shopping or pure relaxation”, Brito said.

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