River cruise operator Scylla is resuming sailings in Europe becoming one of the first to re-start operations after COVID-19.

The Swiss operator runs a fleet of 34 riverboats for various European charter clients.

Arno Reitsma, chief executive of Scylla, said: “We are very pleased that the industry is slowly recovering from the coronavirus crisis and that our riverboats can now be put back on Europe’s waterways, where they belong.

“Guests will once again be able to enjoy some of the most exciting river cruises on Europe’s beautiful waterways, even though travel itself is now slightly different.”

The Scylla fleet will be operating with fewer passengers on board and there will be enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Guests will also be required to wear face masks and meals and drinks will be brought directly to tables.

In addition, a doctor will also be on board for health checks and consultations for all guests and crew.

Reitsma said: “It goes without saying that all necessary safety, security and hygiene standards have been implemented on board all our ships.

“One of these measures will be to maintain a safe distance during the entire time on board – only registered passengers who have previously undergone a health check will be allowed on the ship.

“Travel has changed but passengers on our ships will still be able to enjoy our river cruises.”

Scylla will start sailing on a selection of European waterways and says newly added shorter mini-cruises are proving to be popular, with strong forward bookings.