Cruising has been suspended in the US since early 2020 and doesn’t show signs of resuming any time soon. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is now calling on the CDC to open US ports and allow cruising to resume.
CLIA represents most cruise lines including Disney Cruise Line. The association released a statement today calling on the CDC to remove its Conditional Sail Order (CSO).
“With the U.S. vaccine rollout gaining momentum and the prospect of the U.S. being “closer to normal” by early July, as the President signaled in his address to the nation on March 11, the case for restarting cruising is strong. Moreover, the successful resumption of cruising in other parts of the world demonstrates that a return to cruising can and should occur here as well” said CLIA president Kelly Craighead.
The CSO, which is in place until Nov. 1, 2021 and features 74 points cruise lines must address before the CDC would consider letting them sail. The CSO features aspects like COVID-19 testing and safeguards for crew and passengers.
“The outdated [Conditional Sail Order], which was issued almost five months ago, does not reflect the industry’s proven advancements and success operating in other parts of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,”Craighead. “Cruise lines should be treated the same as other travel, tourism, hospitality, and entertainment sectors.”
The association is basing its stance on President Biden’s statement that we can be closer to “normal” by early July along with successful sailings in other parts of the world. CLIA suggests the CSO does not reflect current conditions or proven effectiveness of science-led protocols supporting hundreds of thousands of passengers sailing outside of the U.S.
Royal Caribbean announced that it will be returning to sailing this summer but it will not depart from the US. Instead, sailings will depart from the Bahamas. All crew and adult passengers will need to be vaccinated as well.
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We could hopefully see a change in the CDC’s Cruise requirements soon. Stay tuned for more information and updates!
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