Happy New Year! I hope this note finds you doing well, feeling hopeful and making plans with optimism for the year ahead. That's not always easy in our current environment, but a necessary step in moving forward.
I feel it is important to address the announcements the CDC recently made regarding travel on cruise ships—first recommending that people defer their travel on cruise ships, then modifying its Conditional Sailing Order. As these announcements were primarily based on ocean cruising and cruises in U.S. waters, we can confirm that Uniworld guests will not be affected. We are operating our scheduled 2022 cruises as planned.
It is important to note that river cruising is very different than ocean cruising. Our ships have an average of only 120 passengers, making it easy for guests to stay physically distant and not have to deal with lines or crowds. A higher crew-to-guest ratio (1-to-2.3 on Uniworld) means it's easier to care for our guests, provide small group and private activities for them to participate in and keep spaces clean and sanitized on a frequent basis. Very different to ocean cruise ships, river ships are constantly in close proximity to land and shoreside resources, meaning any medical issues occurring onboard can be quickly moved onshore and handled by a team of medical professionals.
Thankfully, the vast majority of our 2021 sailings, almost 200, were without incident and we're looking forward to welcoming guests onboard our 2022 cruises. Our crew is 100% vaccinated and all guests are required to be fully vaccinated to travel with us in 2022.
The health and well-being of our guests and crew have always been our top priority, and we plan to keep it that way.
I personally thank you for trusting Uniworld to provide you an excellent experience when you travel with us.
You deserve the best.