UPDATE: Beginning with 3/26/22 departures, vaccinations against COVID-19 – including a Booster shot – are NOW required for all travelers and Vantage associates (ship crew, Expedition Team, Cruise Directors, Program Managers, etc.). For additional information, click here or visit our Safe Travels Initiative page.

SHIP TO SHORE: THE VANTAGE SAFE TRAVELS INITIATIVE


During our 38 years as a deluxe travel company, we’ve planned our journeys around memorable destinations and experiences with your health, safety, and security always in mind. Now, following guidance from the World Health Organization, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and local governments, we’re taking it to the next level. Working with the European Barge Union and Switzerland-based River Advice, the leading independent global manager of ships on inland waterways, we’re implementing vital health & safety assurances on all of our journeys, so you can keep making extraordinary travel memories with complete peace of mind.

Please note that all guests, Vantage associates (Expedition Team, Cruise Directors, Program Mangers, etc.), and crew are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — including a Booster shot 14 days prior to departure of their Vantage journey. If you have questions, you may find your answers on our FAQ page.




PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW BEFORE YOUR VANTAGE JOURNEY:

We’re following stringent guidelines to protect our travelers, associates, and crew across all Vantage journeys. But to do this, we also need your participation before your journey commences. Here’s how:
  • All travelers must be fully vaccinated — including a booster shot — against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to the departure of their journey. Travelers will be required to produce their vaccine card displaying their name, dates of doses, and vaccine type to embark. Travelers who cannot product proof of vaccination will have to return home at their own expense. Vantage returns this courtesy by ensuring all of our associates are fully vaccinated as well
  • Due to the quickly changing nature of this information, we strongly advise that you check the most recent entry requirements for the countries you’ll be visiting on your journey by visiting CDC.gov/travel
  • For the safety of all guests and crew, Vantage has implemented the following COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers:
    • Ocean Explorer and Ocean Odyssey (all journeys): Upon embarkation, all guests will be required to take a complimentary antigen test, provided by Vantage
    • River Splendor (European river journeys): Travelers are required to show proof of a negative PCR test wiithin 3 days prior to travel, or within 1 day of departure from the U.S. for an Antigen test. Vantage will facilitate onsite tests for border crossings and re-entry into the United States. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of testing
    • All other journeys: It is strongly recommended that you check entry requirements for the countries you will visit on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
  • To ensure that travelers have a smooth travel experience, know the requirements for both your specific airline carrier and the country you’ll arrive in prior to your departure
  • Prior to departure, travelers should adhere to recommended safe practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • For the safety and well-being of all Vantage guests, crew, and shoreside associates, masks will be required at all times throughout your journey, both on board and ashore, regardless of local regulations. Vantage encourages travelers to bring extra masks as well as any other personal protective equipment
  • Upon arrival, travelers will be required to complete a wellness declaration pledging no contact with at-risk persons and no symptoms of illness. You can download the form here.
  • Temperature will be checked prior to land tours/before embarkation
Please note: Based on information travelers provide in their wellness declarations and/or additional evaluation upon arrival, Vantage reserves the right to take any and all appropriate steps to protect the well-being of our travelers and associates, including returning travelers home. Any additional medical costs and or return travel will be at travelers’ expense.

For additional security, we encourage you to sign up for our Travel Protection Plan, which lets you cancel for any reason, anytime.


RIVER & SMALL SHIP CRUISES


ONBOARD SAFEGUARDS TO KEEP YOU, OUR ASSOCIATES & CREW HEALTHY

We’ve reinforced our rigorous sanitation protocols for all sailings:
  • Social distancing will be enforced, and masks will be required
  • Associates who have traveled prior will undergo testing and secure medical clearance before returning to work
  • Crew members will wear masks in public areas
  • The staff has been retrained in infection control, social distancing, and hygiene measures
  • We’ll have contact information for medical facilities at every port visited, in the eventuality that anybody needs medical attention
  • All staff and crew members are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to serving you on your journey


DURING YOUR CRUISE:


We aim to monitor the health of everyone onboard without interrupting your overall experience. Here’s how we plan to do it:

Associates & crew:

  • Before embarkation and every morning throughout your cruise, our staff will undergo routine temperature checks
  • Our crew will disinfect all luggage upon arrival
  • Social distancing will be enforced in crew quarters, which will be routinely sanitized
  • Kitchen supplies and equipment will be routinely sanitized

Public areas:

  • To ensure the safety and well-being of all Vantage guests and crew, masks will be required at all times throughout your journey
  • Public areas will be adjusted, so you can enjoy them safely distanced from other guests
  • New housekeeping and sanitation procedures have been implemented, with increased sanitation at scheduled times, emphasizing high-touch areas
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed around the ship
  • Communal items (bicycles, gym equipment, and umbrellas) will be routinely disinfected
  • New signage onboard will remind you of social distancing protocols, which will also be enforced by the Vantage team

Transportation:

  • Travelers are encouraged to wait in their cabins/outside before departing on excursions via bus/motorcoach
  • Seats will be cleaned daily and in-between groups
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers will be available
  • All included and optional tours will be conducted in accordance with local government regulations


SAFARIS & LAND ADVENTURES


DURING YOUR LAND TOUR

The majority of our adventures feature small groups of no more than 24 travelers. This makes it easier for us to monitor the health of all travelers without compromising the quality of your experience. Here are a few ways we’re making that possible:

Our Associates:

  • Social distancing protocols will be enforced by Vantage associates
  • Associates will be tested before work and must possess a medical clearance certificate
  • All staff will wear masks in public areas
  • Associates will self-administer temperature checks each morning
  • All Vantage associates are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to serving you on your journey. While we can't guarantee that the third party vendors we work with will be vaccinated, we can ensure that we will take appropriate safety measures to keep our travelers safe throughout their journey

Transportation:

  • Travelers are encouraged to wait in their hotel rooms/tents or outside before departing on excursions via bus/motorcoach
  • Safari activities are restricted to individual groups or a maximum of 6 people per vehicle
  • Seats will be cleaned daily and in-between groups
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers will be available
  • All included and optional tours will be conducted in accordance with local government regulations

If you have questions, you may find your answers on our FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please contact us via the chat function on our homepage, email us at customercare@vantagetravel.com, or call us at 1-888-982-6824.

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