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Oceanwide Expeditions' Plancius first back to the Falklands

Plancius is scheduled to arrive at Port Stanley Dec. 10
Oceanwide Expeditions said its Plancius will be the first ship back in the Falkland Islands since ports were reopened to tourism.

Plancius is scheduled arrive at Stanley Dec. 10. The ship will be carrying its full capacity of 108 passengers who will be able to explore freely ashore.

Vaccination and testing

All Oceanwide staff and passengers have been vaccinated and are required to take several tests both before and during their cruise, which will be 17 days into its 19-night total by the time Plancius reaches Stanley.

Plancius also underwent extensive health upgrades prior to the voyage: Pathogen-killing UV filtration for HVAC systems, fever-detecting thermal cameras for common areas and dedicated quarantine cabins with independent air vents are some of the safety measures Oceanwide has taken.

Destination protocols

Stanley businesses have likewise developed additional protocols. These include enhanced cleaning routines, contactless payment and self-declaration forms, efforts that have earned the islands the World Travel & Tourism Council's #SafeTravels approval.