River cruise line AmaWaterways has re-started operations, with a series of charter sailings onboard AmaKristina, catering for German guests.

The cruise line has introduced new Covid-safe procedures such as daily temperature checks and pre-boarding health questionnaires.

Kristin Karst, executive vice-president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, said: “Although many countries continue to have travel restrictions in place, we have begun operating a series of sailings for European guests, in collaboration with an established German tour operator, e-hoi.

“With these sailings, we have been able to put into practice and perfect our enhanced health and safety protocols while demonstrating that travellers can enjoy our unforgettable river cruise holidays with peace of mind.”

The new procedures reflect recommendations from EU Healthy Gateways guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), IG RiverCruise and other official authorities.

AmaWaterways’ ships normally accommodated 150 passengers but regulations limit all river cruise ships to a maximum of 100 guests.

Crews are required to wear face coverings at all times while guests must wear them only while moving around the ship, and the lounge areas have plexiglass dividers.

Passengers on small-group shore excursions can use personal portable Quietvox commentary systems to hear guides while social distancing.