I saw the Vista Star out cruising the other day, so I thought to myself, "hey, they must be open again." It turns out they are.

The Vista Fleet is back on the water offering cruises to the public, their first cruise of the season happened much later than normal thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, June 12th was the 2020 inaugural cruise.

They do have some modifications to how they operate, of course, boat capacities have been revised to allow for proper social distancing on all the cruises and they are enforcing capacities on each deck so cruisers can do that comfortably.

They are also requiring all staff to wear masks while on the clock and will be taking their temperatures when they arrive for their scheduled shifts.

Guests are also urged to wear a mask and hand sanitizer will be available prior to boarding and hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the ship.

The Vista says they are also doing more frequent cleaning in high traffic areas and adding more deep cleaning before and after cruises. They have also updated their food and drink handling training for that staff.

They are also back to hosting private events and say that they "are considered a small event venue by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) serving between 10-210 attendees on board, where the host typically knows guests involved." They are working with hosts of these events to ensure they meet the capacity recommendations by the state of Minnesota.