Kingston, N.Y.-based Hudson River Cruises has resumed its Hudson Valley sightseeing cruises while following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all crew and passengers.
Capacity on board its passenger vessel Rip Van Winkle II is being limited to 50%, with seating being arranged to encourage social distancing.
Hudson River Cruises is currently offering its sightseeing cruise at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, as well as an 11 a.m. cruise on Saturdays.
The company has been closely monitoring state and local guidelines while being conscientious of information released by the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA). The passenger vessel community has always been highly focused on ensuring the safety of its crew and guests, now more than ever. PVA’s Safety and Security Committee recently released a guidance document covering best practices for reopening and recommendations from the CDC on how to best limit the effects of coronavirus. This provided the necessary framework for enhanced operation standards moving forward.
Extensive safety measures are currently in place that prioritize the monitoring of employee and passenger health, proven hygiene practices, social distancing, personal protective equipment, and thorough cleaning and disinfecting. Cruise schedules will be updated weekly based on demand and as new information is provided, with increased vessel capacities as restrictions lift.
“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our crew and passengers as we continue operations during this time,” said Hudson River Cruises VP of Sales & Marketing Drew Yochum. “We pledge to continue assessing, refining, and updating our standards to keep you safe. Thanks for supporting our small, family-owned business during these trying times. We can’t wait to see you.”