As of today, there are 821 reported cases of patients infected with Coronavirus who are in quarantine. Greece has a population of 10.7 million people, therefore it’s a small number.
At the moment there is no vaccine for Coronavirus available on the market. Hospitals in the UK, Europe and US are treating patients with prescription drugs and advanced methods which are proving successful.
Bruce Ward, Assistant General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported today that Gilead Sciences are working on a possible vaccine called Remdesivir which they feel may prove to be successful. The company are busy doing clinical human trials at the minute.
Coronavirus is spread like the flu virus through close contact with a person infected with the virus through sneezing or touching surfaces which are infected.
We advise travelers to take the following precautions:
- Carry hand sanitizer with you and wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds at a time with warm water and soap.
- Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth when your hands are dirty.
- Don’t go out if you’re feeling sick or have any cold or flu symptoms.
- Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow whenever you sneeze or cough. Throw away any tissues you use to blow your nose or sneeze right away.
- Keep any objects you touch regularly clean. Use disinfectants on objects like phones, computers, utensils, dishware, and door handles.
Direct flights between China and Europe have been curbed to stop the spread of the disease. Furthermore, many visitors from Asia are required to obtain Schengen Visas to visit Greece which have become much harder to get since the virus was announced. Greece is largely a Summer destination, therefore most people travel to Greece between May and October when the warmer weather begins.
The small ships that we operate are like boutiques hotels with just 38 guests on board, almost all of the passengers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa and Australia. We don’t actively sell to countries outside of these English-speaking areas.
Our cruises visit smaller islands such as Siros, Paros, Hydra and others which are far less crowded than some of the bigger cities around the world, which have been impacted.
We have a 24/7 concierge service, highly experienced cruise directors and an operational office in Athens which is on hand to deal with any problems that arise.
Healthcare facilities in Greece are considered to be of a very high standard and in line with EU standards. There are hospitals in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete which are a couple of hours away from any one point you will be traveling with us.
Any clients who are concerned about travelling to Greece in May and June, can get in touch with our team and discuss deferring their trip to later in 2020. If you are booked to do a cruise with us, we have cabins available in August, September and October which we can move you to.
If you are uncomfortable travelling in 2020, we can discuss postponing your trip to 2021. Any funds you have paid will be transferred to 2021 and we will freeze the cost of next years trip for you.
To discuss either of these options, please feel free to contact our customer service team who aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours.
You can reach us at [email protected]