VIKAND Facilitates Return Testing by Bupa for Fred. Olsen International Cruise From the UK
23 August 2021, Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA: VIKAND Solutions, LLC is working with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Bupa to provide COVID-19 PCR testing for Fred. Olsen’s cruise aboard Borealis. Borealis is the first international cruise from the UK since the start of the COVID pandemic and sailed to Iceland.
The cruise departed 14 August and returned, today, 23 August 2021, carrying 765 guests.
“We are the first cruise line to complete an international sailing, which is a big milestone for both our business and our industry,” says Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
“Wherever we are sailing in the world, the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew remains our top priority. We have adopted a multi-layered approach which includes establishing social bubbles and the wearing of masks whilst moving around inside the ship. Testing is a critical part of our approach. We value the support of VIKAND and Bupa to provide a safe and efficient service for our guests both on board and on their return home,” Deer continues.
While currently supplying Fred. Olsen with PCR tests to comply with pre-arrival testing requirements for the UK, VIKAND facilitated PCR tests through leading healthcare provider, Bupa, to further meet UK requirements for return testing. Together, the companies provide passengers with a solution that meets criteria and makes the customer journey seamless and easy.
“The simplicity of the return-testing solution Bupa, Fred. Olsen and VIKAND have engineered establishes a best practice template to meet COVID criteria and governmental guidance,” says Paul Morgan, VIKAND VP of Compliance and Quality Assurance. “It is in VIKAND’s DNA to provide collaborative platforms to solve complex issues with our partners and clients to understand what they need and the most appropriate public health solution.”
Alaana Woods, Commercial Director at Bupa Health Clinics, comments, “We’re very proud to be able to support Fred. Olsen on their first international cruise from the UK since the start of the pandemic.
“As the travel industry continues to open, it’s important that we safely manage return testing to ensure infection control. The PCR program we’ve developed with Fred. Olsen and VIKAND does just this, allowing customers to enjoy their cruise experience.”
The cruise aboard Fred. Olsen’s Borealis—with its timeless style and classic open deck spaces—to Iceland, with its magnificent landscapes and waterways, marked the first international cruise from the UK since the onset of COVID-19. The full itinerary included calls into Reykjavík, Ísafjör›ur, Eyjafjör›ur and Sey›isfjör›ur, with chances to experience the Golden Circle, Gullfoss Waterfall, the Hornstrandir cliffs, whale watching, scenes of towering mountains and colorful villages.
“The smaller size of our ships allows us to offer personal, attentive service,” says Deer. “By working with Bupa and VIKAND, we have been able to provide two-day testing as our guests return home, taking away the hassle of organizing these on their own thereby extending the personal service our guests have come to expect from us.”
ABOUT FRED. OLSEN CRUISE LINE
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.
Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world.
We are an international healthcare company serving over 31 million customers worldwide. With no shareholders, we reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.
We directly employ around 85,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Chile, Poland, New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, the US, Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.
In the UK, Bupa UK Insurance is a leading health insurer, with 2.2m customers. Bupa Dental Care is the leading provider of private dentistry in the UK, providing dental services through 492 centres across the UK and Ireland. Bupa Care Services has around 6,000 residents in 124 care homes, and 9 Richmond care villages. Bupa Health Services comprises 50 health clinics, which provides services such as COVID-19 testing, health assessments and GP appointments, and the Cromwell Hospital.
VIKAND provides global medical and public health service solutions to the entire maritime industry, including cruise, yacht, superyacht, commercial shipping, fishing, and energy sectors. VIKAND works with more than 200 cruise ship clients—spread over 32 cruise lines—supporting 120,000 crew with medical and mental wellness needs supported by experienced onboard and onshore medical staffs. VIKAND’s proven medical and public health expertise and experience is demonstrated through a proactive and evidence-based healthcare approach, the VIKAND Total Healthcare Solution and is coordinated with global regulatory agencies and industry associations. Solutions encompass 24/7 medical management, public health, and COVID-19 consulting, biomedical equipment maintenance and products, and leading air and surface decontamination solutions. VIKAND recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and was awarded the Seatrade Cruise Awards Supplier of the Year 2020 in October. VIKAND has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Hamburg and soon Monaco in addition to having staff located throughout the world.