As of 05/08/20, we have resumed operations on a somewhat modified schedule. At StarLite Cruises, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew members remains our foremost priority. As all responsible entities should do, StarLite Cruises is vigilant and taking additional measures to minimize exposure to the virus to our passengers and crew members. As businesses around the country are implementing additional safety measures related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we at StarLite would like to share what we are doing to protect our valued passengers and crew members.
StarLite employs comprehensive cleaning and sanitizing efforts. Our crew members are ServSafe Certified. Extensive and vigorous cleaning and disinfection of vessels with special cleaning agents are conducted on all common surfaces prior to each cruise. We are sanitizing and cleaning through out each vessel during each cruise for common touch points. We are limiting passenger capacity to 50%. We are spreading out tables to allow 6-foot spacing, adding barriers between tables where we are able and creating additional social distancing between passenger reservation parties. We are doubling crew member hand washing requirements. We are screening crew members for COVID-19 symptoms and prohibiting any crew from working that are exhibiting any signs. We are advising passengers to adhere to social distancing practices while moving throughout the vessel. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are available for all passengers on board. Menus are now single use paper. On the Calypso Queen and Calypso Breeze, our crew members are serving passengers from the buffet line.
Following Pinellas County orders applicable to restaurants (Ordinance 20-14), all employees and passengers must wear face coverings on board the vessels. Face coverings are not required while passengers are dining and/or consuming beverages while seated at a table. The use of face coverings for those under the age of 18 is up to the discretion of the parent, guardian, or accompanying adult.
We are doing everything we can to have our vessels ready for you.