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June 24 updates: Harry Sommer hosts NCL health video, Coral Expeditions details SailSAFE

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'We're not comfortable putting guests on our ships until we're comfortable putting our own families on board,' NCL's Harry Sommer said
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-related cruise news and announcements.

Harry Sommer hosts NCL health videos

Norwegian Cruise Line posted a health and safety video outlining the company's previously announced COVID-19 protocols. These hinge on six areas: enhanced screening protocols, all-new air filtration, increased sanitation measures, responsible social distancing, enhanced medical resources and extended ship to shore safety.

'At the end of the day, we're not comfortable putting guests on our ships until we're comfortable putting our own families on board,' said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of NCL, who hosts short (2:26) and extended (4:40) versions of the videos.

Also appearing are Katina Athanasiou, chief sales officer, and Todd Hamilton, VP international business.

Coral Expeditions outlines SailSAFE plan

Cairns-based Coral Expeditions launched a health and safety management plan for its proposed coastal cruises around Australia.

SailSAFE protocols have been developed over the last six weeks in partnership with health emergency specialist Respond Global.

The protocols, together with a 100-passenger limit for all departures, limited community interactions on shore visits and a 100% domestic Australian passenger and crew mix, are designed to create a secure atmosphere for passengers in the current environment.

SailSAFE has three key platforms. The first is prevention, robust and mandatory screening of all passengers and crew to ensure voyages are 100% COVID-19 free prior to sailing. The second is mitigation, screening carried out during pre-boarding, on-board and post-cruise. The third, response, is focused on patient care and management of passengers with shoreside and health authority support. 

Coral Expeditions GM Mark Fifield said the company has submitted the SailSAFE plan to all national, state and territory authorities.