Health and Safety on Board


For our cruises, we consistently follow the destination-related, official requirements.

The 2G regulation on our river and ocean-going vessels has been lifted. However, the destination-specific regulations still apply. If a country requires a valid vaccination certificate for entry, the cruise can only be started with appropriate proof. This currently applies to the following countries:

Colombia, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras and Dominican Republic.

This year, we are again pursuing our passion to offer you unforgettable holiday experiences, showing you some of the most beautiful destinations in Europe and across the world. Welcome aboard!

Do I need to do a Rapid Antigen test for my ocean cruise?

Should official regulations in individual cases require guests to be tested during the trip, we will of course organise the on-site testing for you.

What happens if a guest or crew member shows symptoms of COVID-19 disease during the voyage?

If the indications of a possible COVID-19 disease are confirmed by a doctor, the person concerned cannot continue the voyage. In this case, the guest remains on board in isolation until the next port, where nicko cruises provides medical assistance. This takes care of medical care as well as accommodation in a quarantine hotel or safe transport home – depending on country requirements. We strongly recommend taking out a complete protection package for our sea cruises, including trip interruption and travel insurance with corona benefits. 

Are masks compulsory on board the nicko cruises ships?

Our guests and crew are required to adhere to social distancing rules for the safety of everyone on board. Wherever a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained – for example in elevators, stairwells and walkways – we recommend wearing a medical mask or FFP2 mask. There is no obligation to wear a mask.

Are the on-board facilities available without restrictions?

The on-board facilities can be used normally, taking into account the safety and hygiene measures in force. Of course, it is also important to reduce contacts and observe distance rules. The fitness and wellness areas as well as the pool are open.

Is it mandatory to wear masks on shore excursions?

With our comfortable audio system, you can keep your distance even during shore leave. Wherever the minimum distance cannot be maintained, we recommend wearing a medical mask or FFP2 mask. There is no obligation to wear a mask. We always comply with local regulations when on land. For example, if masks are compulsory within a city or within a district, this of course also applies to our guests. We therefore ask you to provide medical masks or FFP2 masks in your luggage as a precaution.

What does "proven hygiene concept" mean?

Our hygiene concept is well thought out and corresponds to national and international health standards and was developed in 2020 together with our partner shipping companies and always adapted to the current situation.

We have been proving that our safety and hygiene concept works since 2020, when in June we became the first cruise operator in the world to start operating our ships again. Since then we have been offering our guests beautiful and carefree holiday experiences. Our proven measures always comply with national and international health standards.

The feedback from the guests who have traveled with us is consistently positive and proves the success of our hygiene concept.

What happens if I get sick on a nicko cruises cruise?

At nicko cruises you are well looked after. For safe travel, we have set up a medical assistance service on the river and at sea . While the medical specialists take care of your health on board, we now also provide first-class all-round medical care on land with medical assistance. 

In the event that medical care becomes necessary on land, contact details for the relevant specialists are available worldwide. An absolute advantage for the patient on board: nicko cruises draws on a broad network of highly qualified doctors and hospitals. Professional medical care according to the usual standards is also guaranteed on holiday with nicko cruises – this applies to outpatient and any inpatient treatment. 

The assistance service also includes organizational support and ensures reliable and safe transport home in an emergency.

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

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