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Small Ship Cruising

APT's Health & Safety Protocols onboard the MS Caledonian Sky

To protect you while you travel, the APT Travel Group and all its brands have adopted standardised health and hygiene protocols as recommended by the World Travel & Tourism Council – the global authority on the economic and social contribution of travel and tourism.

These policies and practices will be regularly revised in line with the latest medical advice, advancements and guidelines.

APT’s MS Caledonian Sky expedition ship is certified and has capacity to carry 99 guests. The advantages of cruising on this intimate vessel are numerous, from smaller group sizes on included Zodiac excursions to no queuing when you disembark in port. Plus, the ship can venture where large passenger ships can’t, providing far greater potential for adventure. 

APT has partnered with the experienced medical advisory agency, Respond Global to establish these protocols. We have proactively implemented in-depth policies and practices outlined here to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone.

Respond Global - Specialist Medical Experts

Respond Global provides practical emergency management, infection prevention and control solution to organisations internationally to deliver a localised response in times of need. Respond Global has been actively involved in the COVID-19 response including managing cruise ship COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing treatment and quarantine plans. Respond Global is currently working with the world’s leading public health experts in advising company boards internationally on how to re-establish their businesses post-COVID-19. Visit website to find out more www.respondglobal.com

Before you Leave Home

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Vaccination

For all our cruises, all our guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination status must adhere to the state or country requirement at the time, which may mean boosters are required. Vaccines need to be up to date. Prior to your tour we require you to upload your Government issued international vaccination certificate to our secure portal for us to record that you are fully vaccinated (we won’t keep a copy of the certificate). During your cruise you may need to show your Government issued vaccination certificate depending on state or country rules.
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Travel insurance

Consider protecting your travel plans with a travel insurance policy that’s right for you. Ask our travel experts to quote on an nib Travel Insurance policy.

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COVID-19 Testing

Prior to tour starting – Guests will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test prior to boarding. This test must be undertaken no more than 24 hours before embarkation for cruise departures and a negative result advised to crew on embarkation. This will ensure you have peace of mind that you and your fellow passengers are fit to cruise. We also encourage guests to take a supply of tests with you for use while you are away. We have a small supply of Rapid Antigen Tests available for purchase.

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Health Screening

You will be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire prior to your departure, which must be handed to your crew at embarkation.
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Airlines

In addition to APT Travel Group’s Safe Journeys guidelines, the airline you are flying with will have their own guidelines. We ask guests to check these prior to departure.

While you are travelling with APT

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Enjoy wandering through vast natural beauty on your trip

Social Distancing
Guests and crew will be required to observe social distancing measures as required based on protocols at the time and what is deemed appropriate.

Masks
Face masks must be worn in public spaces at all times on board the ship (except when eating or drinking). This is a current Western Australian Health Department directive.

Temperature Checks
Temperature checks will be conducted prior to commencement and during the cruise as needed. Any guests who develop symptoms of illness are required to self-report to crew, who are well equipped and trained to manage any cases of illness as required. In the event of anyone presenting COVID-19 like symptoms, the person will be isolated and tested immediately for COVID-19.

Infection Response Protocols
In the event that someone becomes ill with any symptoms, rigorous infection control management processes will be implemented. Implementation will proceed when any person onboard presents with any COVID-19 like symptoms. They will be tested immediately, and the isolation protocol process will include strict isolation in an assigned isolation cabin, until the patient can be removed from the vessel to appropriate shore side facility or a negative test and at least 72 hours have passed after the disappearance of all symptoms.

On Board Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning and Sanitation
All cabins, communal spaces and surfaces will be disinfected regularly using proven antiviral disinfectants. All stores and luggage will be sanitised before it is embarked.

Continuous Cleaning
Continuous cleaning of frequent touch points including elevators, handrails, public furniture and fitness equipment, as well as intensive cleaning of cabins will take place.

Enhanced Sanitation
Increased sanitation practices and sanitisation stations are placed throughout the ship.

Vessel Deep Cleaning
The ship will undergo a full sanitisation between voyages.

Fitness Room
Guests will be informed of hygiene standards that are expected when they use the fitness facility with signs at the entrance and throughout the Gym.

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Passengers drinking on deck together aboard the Caledonian Sky

Ship Health & Safety Features

MS Caledonian Sky

Ship Ventilation

In order to limit spread of infection around the vessel via ventilation, HEPA filters have been installed where practical to capture any virals that may be present.
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Fresh Air and No Recirculation

Each room/cabin has its own supply of fresh air. The air is pumped directly into each room from outside the ship, which then flows from the room directly out of the ship again. This avoids any recirculation of air within the ship. This means each room of the ship has its own air-conditioning system, including isolation cabins.
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Dedicated Isolation Cabins

Comfortable cabins are allocated for guests and crew who are required to isolate if necessary. These isolation cabins are conveniently located away from high-traffic areas as well as being fully sealed from the rest of the ship. Each cabin has been modified with negative pressure and supplied with 100% fresh sea air, pumped directly into each isolation cabin from outside the vessel, before flowing outside again, avoiding any recirculation of air elsewhere in the ship.
Get up close to the striking Kimberley coast by zodiac vessel from a Kimberley Wilderness Adventure small ship expedition cruise

Our Australian Suppliers & Crew

All suppliers used across our products meet COVID-19 regulations. All staff and crew have industry-recognised specific COVID-19 training in areas of health and hygiene.
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Health & Hygiene Training

All crew will receive extensive safety, health and hygiene training, including Bureau Veritas Safeguard training, specifically developed for COVID-19 mitigation. Crew will be equipped to manage cases of illness, with your Expedition Leader as the main point of contact. Our local operations team can also provide support.
Experience a Kimberley coast cruise on board the MS Caledonian Sky

Vessel Certification

APT has ensured the MS Caledonian Sky has received a SafeGuard Label of Hygiene Excellence and Safety issued by Bureau Veritas

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, APT requires all guests to be up to date in their immunizations against COVID-19.
Yes, all APT crew members are vaccinated.
Yes, every member of your APT team will be undertaking daily health screenings and regular COVID-19 tests.
Each cabin is cleaned and sanitized daily. Between each cruise the cabins will receive a deep-clean.
Continuous cleaning of frequent touch points including elevators, handrails, public furniture and fitness equipment, as well as intensive cleaning of cabins will take place.
In the event that you test positive to COVID-19 before your tour commences or before you leave your home country, you will be unable to travel with us. We’ll support you with flexibility to replan your holiday later. Rebook using a Future Holiday Credit when you’re fit to travel again. The APT Travel Group recommends all guests consider comprehensive travel insurance including coverage for COVID-19 events.
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In the event that someone becomes ill with any symptoms, rigorous infection control management processes will be implemented. Implementation will proceed when any person onboard presents with any COVID-19 like symptoms. They will be tested immediately, and the isolation protocol process will include strict isolation in an assigned isolation cabin, until the patient can be removed from the vessel to appropriate shore side facility or a negative test and at least 24 hours have passed after the disappearance of all symptoms.
Face masks must be worn in public spaces at all times on board the ship (except when eating or drinking). This is a current Western Australian Health Department directive.
Port visits may be changed or altered as required to remove exposure to shoreside hotspots or suspected outbreaks. Queuing or crowding will be minimized and longer times will be allowed for disembarkation as required. There are no excursions that visit or have interactions with any local indigenous communities across the Kimberley and Top End. Only suppliers with COVID-19 Safe plans in place will be contracted and coaches will be cleaned pre-use. Guest will be required to occupy the same seat on the same coach throughout each shore excursion and onboard toilets will be closed.
A doctor and a nurse will be aboard every voyage to attend to any medical issues and have both had thorough COVID-19 education and training.
If you have a requirement to test prior to heading home, we will assist and provide a complimentary test if required.

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Flexible Bookings

Everyone likes more flexibility. If you’d like freedom to change your plans, or are concerned that COVID-19 could impact them, our flexible booking policies allow you to cancel and move your holiday to another time.​
Explore Raft Point on board the Caledonian Sky with APT

MS Caledonian Sky

Spend the day discovering the world’s greatest wonders, and at night, return to the quiet tranquillity of the boutique MS Caledonian Sky - your stylish home away from home, and a destination in itself.
Passengers drinking on deck together aboard the Caledonian Sky

Safe Journeys

Your health – and that of your family, as well as our staff and crew – is APT’s highest priority. You can rely on our industry-leading health protocols, including full COVID-19 vaccination, to help ensure everyone’s health and wellbeing.