Port of Rio de Janeiro starts cruise season
Suspended last year, across Brazil, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, passenger ships returned to dock at the Port of Rio de Janeiro and should heat up the Rio economy this summer. During the 2021/2022 cruise season, Started on December 1st and scheduled to end on May 11, 2022, the Pier Mauá International Cruise Terminal will receive 60 berths of 25 ships, with approximately 170,000 people.
Since October, when the Federal Government released the cruises, the leasing company of the maritime passenger terminal, Pier Mauá, with Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro (CDRJ), the Port Authority responsible for the administration of the Port of Rio de Janeiro, and other internal and external partners provided the structure and the necessary measures to meet the strict protocols established by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).
The safety procedures determined by Anvisa include: presentation, before boarding, of the complete vaccination certificate against COVID-19 and the negative test (RT-PCR carried out within 72 hours or antigen test performed within 24 hours before); maximum capacity limited to 75% of passenger capacity; cleaning of vessels; onboard spacing of 1.5 meters between different groups; separation of booths for isolating suspected cases; prior approval of the protocols of each ship by Anvisa; daily notification of the health situation on board by the vessel; among other preventive actions.
Rio de Janeiro is the state with the largest number of destinations for cruise travelers. In addition to the capital, Búzios, Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande and Cabo Frio also receive passengers. MSC Preziosa, Costa Fascinosa, Ocean Explorer, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Silhouette, MS Seven Seas Voyager are some of the ocean liners that will dock at the Port of Rio de Janeiro this season.
Photos: Pier Mauá