Statement: Taking Action in response to COVID-19
Updated July 15, 2020
Private Pod Cruises – an exclusive charter for you and your social circle, to a maximum of 15 passengers – will also be available select mornings in July and August. Read more: www.ktic.ca/pod
At Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises we are first and foremost committed to the safety and well-being of our guests and crew. In response to the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 respiratory illness, we have made changes to our operations and will be revising our plans going forward, guided by the best advice of public health experts.
In early April, Transport Canada announced that all hospitality passenger vessels with a capacity over 12 passengers are to cease passenger carrying operations until at least June 30th. Additionally, the province of Ontario recommends gathering with a maximum of 10 people from your family, or social circle “pod”. Therefore as of July 1 we were pleased to offer a new experience: private pod cruises. With good news about the Phase 3 re-opening here in Ontario, we are now offering Public Cruises aboard the Island Queen up to a maximum of 50 passengers, beginning on July 17, 2020.
As Canadians continue to respond to COVID-19, we are taking action to ensure that guests can confidently enjoy Kingston’s 1000 Islands sightseeing excursions and Trolley Tours this year. This year when joining us in Kingston and the 1000 Islands you will notice some changes to our operation. The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised Canadians planning events to make modifications that will reduce the chance for viruses to spread. In keeping with their recommendations, we have made changes including:
- Passenger screening before boarding
- Hand sanitizer stations at boarding and onboard
- Full disinfectant application before every departure
- Additional spot cleaning of high-touch surfaces on a frequent schedule
- Increased access to hand sanitation stations
- Emphasis on preventative hygiene practices with our staff and guests
At Kingston Destination Group we are proud of our team’s proven commitment to maintaining an outstanding standard of cleanliness and safety. We are confident that our vessels and trolleys will be a safe place to spend time with your family, and we look forward to welcoming you aboard this year.
About Kingston Destination Group
Kingston Destination Group creates and operates inspiring visitor experiences in the Kingston 1000 Islands destination, including Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises, Kingston Trolley Tours, Waterfront Gifts & Apparel and K-Pass.
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Updated: July 15, 2020 To announce public cruises will begin on July 17, 2020.
Updated: July 11, 2020 To add further details on Private Pod Cruises
Updated: April 8, 2020 To revise to “No Earlier Than July 1, 2020” as per Transport Canada regulations.
Updated: March 27, 2020 To add further detail on postponing the start of our operating season.
Updated: March 24, 2020 To add “No Earlier Than” regarding season opening date.
Updated: March 18, 2020 To revise season opening date to May 2, 2020.
Updated: March 13, 2020 To add additional information on proactive sanitation and screening procedures.