The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not changing the No Sail Order for cruise lines any time soon despite the Cruise Line International Association’s request to lift the order early.
The order currently in place is not set to expire until November 1, 2021. CLIA believes cruise lines are ready to sail again from U.S. ports and asked the CDC to allow for a phased resumption by the beginning of July. That timeline correlates with the Biden administration believes we can get closer to “normal”.
CLIA also cited international cruises being successful with protocols in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The association also asked the CDC to update the No Sail Order which has not changed since October of last year.
“The outdated CSO, which was issued almost five months ago, does not reflect the industry’s proven advancements and success operating in other parts of the world, nor the advent of vaccines, and unfairly treats cruises differently. Cruise lines should be treated the same as other travel, tourism, hospitality, and entertainment sectors,” said CLIA president Kelly Craighead.
The CDC said Wednesday that the No Sail Order will remain in place but it is working on an update. “Returning to passenger cruising is a phased approach to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Details for the next phase of the CSO are currently under interagency review,” the agency said in a statement.
While we won’t be able to cruise from the US until most likely this fall, some cruise lines are offering itineraries outside of the states. Passengers and crew will need to be vaccinated.
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We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
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