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11 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:33 GMT+2

June 8, 2020

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Workgroup to reactivate tasks river cruises in Europe

It will be set up by Amsterdam Cruise Port, Dutch Delta Cruise Ports and River Cruise Europe

The Dutch cruise associations Amsterdam Cruise Port and Dutch Delta Cruise Ports and the River Cruise Europe Association (RCE), grouping 27 ports and cruise destinations in Europe North and Western, have decided to set up a group of I work to bring, cruise operators and cruise destinations can work closely with the goal of re-activating river cruise activities Europe that have been disrupted due to the pandemic of Coronavirus.

The president of RCE, Monic van der Heyden, who is commercial manager for the cruise industry at the port of Amsterdam, explained that restarting these activities will start from cruise destinations in the areas where the pandemic is under control, as in some countries tourists are still forbidden to enter. In addition, it has specified that a change in the provenance of the river cruises: "75% of passengers "It's a good thing," van der Heyden said. from abroad, mainly from the United States, Canada, China and Australia. Everything is going to be different this year. We anticipate that only European passengers will sail on Europe's rivers, as there is much uncertainty about whether and when guests from other continents will be able to fly back to Europe."

The three associations announced that on 1 June Germany's Nicko Cruises has already resumed operations cruise lines by boarding a small number of passengers on its and that the A-ROSA companies, Phoenix Reisen, Plantours and Scylla have announced their intention to resume activity by the end of June. "We anticipate - observed van der Heyden -- that they will be reactivated first the national itineraries, followed by river cruises that touch two countries that have imposed similar or equal Covid-19 measures.'

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