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Warning: CDC Recommends That People Stay Off Cruise Ships

PortandTerminal.com, November 21, 2020

The latest CDC warning is another heavy blow to the cruise industry, the hundreds of thousands who rely upon it for employment and to the millions of people who enjoy cruising.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has escalated its warning for cruise travel to the highest level and continued to recommend avoiding any trips on cruise ships worldwide.

“The CDC recommends that all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.”

The agency raised its warning to Level 4 from Level 3, citing “very high” risk of Covid-19 on cruise ships. Passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of Covid-19 and should get tested and stay home for at least seven days after travel, according to its website.

The agency just last month provided a framework for cruise lines to plan for resuming operations. Under that order, passenger operations aren’t allowed during initial phases, and every ship must be certified by the CDC before travelers can board.

On October 30, 2020, CDC issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. This Order introduced a phased approach for resuming passenger cruises.

Passenger operations continued to be suspended during the initial phases of the CDC Order. The initial phase requires crew screening to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 among all crew members currently on cruise ships in U.S. waters.

“For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled for a future date,” the CDC said. For anyone foolhardy enough to ignore their advice and cruise the CDC says that they should get tested 3-5 days after their trip AND stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if they test negative, the CDC recommends staying at home for the full 7 days.

Click here to read the CDC’s full advisory.

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