Cruises May Return Starting Mid-Summer in the United States

USA Today has reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that cruising could restart mid-summer in the United States.

What’s Happening:

  • USA Today obtained a letter sent from the CDC to the cruise industry stating that cruising could begin again starting mid-summer in the United States.
  • Spokesperson Caitlin Shockey told USA Today that sailings could start as early as mid-July depending on the cruise lines’ compliance with the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO).
  • The CDC offered clarification to the guidance first issued on April 2 that would allow cruises to return safely.

Guidance Clarification from CDC as reported by USA Today:

  • Cruise ships will be able to bypass the required simulated test voyages if 98% of crew and 95% of passengers are fully vaccinated
  • The CDC will now review and respond to applications from cruise lines looking to do simulated voyages within 5 days. The previous timeframe given was within 60 days.
  • The CDC will be updating its test and quarantine requirements for passengers and crew to align with the CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
  • Cruise lines can enter a “multi-port agreement” instead of the single port agreement as long as all port and local authorities sign the agreement.
  • Quarantine guidelines were clarified for passengers who may be exposed or contacted COVID-19 — local passengers may be able to drive home and those who traveled by air may be able to quarantine in a hotel.
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