CDC Sends Letter to Cruise Industry loosening requirements for restart!

In a letter to the cruise industry, the CDC has stated that operations may resume as soon as Mid July, with 95% vaccinated passengers.

In Series of clarifications, the CDC is making it much less burdensome to resume cruising:

In Clarification #1stated that "test Cruises" could be bypassed If 98% of Crew, and 95% of Passengers are vaccinated.

the 2nd clarification dropped the review process for test cruises has dropped from 60 days, down to 5 days.

The 3rd Clarification dropped the PCR test, in favor of a rapid antigen test, and aligned quarantine procedures with interstate travel

The 4th clarification dropped the Single-Port agreement requirement

The 5th Clarification allows for local passengers to drive home, and airline passengers to quarantine in a hotel in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.


32 Answers

Very interesting!! It does sound promising.. and the hubs and I get our 1st shot this weekend. Just hoping that kids under 16 will still be able to sail..

Very interesting and encouraging

This does give me renewed hope for my Pre-Christmas Cruise.

Although, if they called me tomorrow, I would be out the door in 20 min to make a 20 hour drive in 15 hours. Big Smile

WELL NOW!!!!!!! ought to be about 100 thumbs up on that!!! the CDC admitted they were.....ahem...carried away...hehehehhe....wonder what really happened...but who cares??? CRUISE ON!!!!!

Good question. Here's an article that expands on it

This is odd. In the past it was the House against Trump's feeble attempt to get off dead center, then Biden's new CDC head who whined she was blocking cruises to "protect her family", and the Senator from Washington because of her "family's safety".

This notice came from the Maritime Unit's head and a spokesman. Excuse if I am a bit battle shy here, but if all the top bosses are/were against it, why just a unit head making the announcement? When you have had the various anti cruise folks shooting off 155 mm artillery (or bigger) with everything from solid shell to pocket nukes it makes you wonder what is really happening. Is there real pressure that changed the minds of the powers that be, or what?

I am in the wait and see mode because of my great trust of the federal gov, and hoping my 16 day Caribbean is now a GO!

Darn it..the CDC is truly a Fun Sucker

I am still going to be positive. Momma needs this cruise!!! LMAO

Thanks for all this information! Much like, ableman, I will take a wait and see approach. I am hoping that this news is true and the CDC doesn't backtrack. I am not sure how this will play with the Govenors' edicts, but I am sure they really want the ships to sail and will let the restrictions and requirements be implemented.

Certainly looks like it COULD happen this summer. Many rumors that crews are already in Miami and FLL hotels starting quarantine and vaccination requirements.

I suspect we may have alot in common....starting with alot of suspicion and cynicism where SAM is concerned...but....considering yesterday we were NOWHERE, its just possible that TODAY we went SOMEWHERE....altho I STILL have no clue who's driving the bus.....


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