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.


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This frontline worker can't wait! It's been almost 14 months since I've had a vacation!

Agree Yankee47, who IS the bus driver???? Have suspicions, but that is too poolitical (not a typo!).

I was at exactly 2 years when I got to "escape" to the condo in Ft Myers....and lay new floors least I got out of NY and got to the beach a few times...even if I had to give a Video Deposition for work

OK, we got the new of a relaxation of conditions. Great, very encouraging. But what is the next step is from here? Are the lines going to immediately start crewing up? Or are they still waiting for something else from the CDC to get the wheels turning? If so, and if the CDC comes out with whatever the lines need in a timely manner, then I think the ball is finally rolling. But if this is like the past, where an announcement is followed by a few weeks of silence, well then we're all just smoking a pipe filled with hope-ium. I'm not trying to be a downer here, but we've been down this road before.

I guess the term "we'll see" has never been more apt.

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We've been down the road, but this is the most action we've seen since they started blowing smoke a year ago.

Ops crew vaccines are a great first step.

I keep noticing comment that cruise lines operating out of ports other than in the U.S. have successfully completed cruises. I'm skeptical of that, but then I might be in error. All I see is that the cruise lines are booking future cruises. Booking is not sailing.

My hopes rest with total vaccinations on board. I think then and only then, if we are fortunate, that we might see normalization of cruising on the horizon. However, the cruise industry is dependent upon investor confidence. Sailing with 8000 guests and crew on board then having to turn back, then picking up the tab for all ensuing costs, certainly isn't going to inspire wall street.

So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. This news ain't what I want to read either---

I didnt see anything in the article about their Vaccine requirements. Anyone have any insight?

I don't think many have released the requirement info yet.. I think NCL has but I may have the cruise line incorrect.

First,, I havent seen exact requirements either, but I'd bet they have them. But they better release them direct to everyone who already has a booking or makes one. That "limited capacity" thang is going to cause problems.....

Second al....I will bet real money that virtually every single cruise sailing will have a case or three on matter what they do...I could make money, but I'd have to lay some rediculous odds...anyone who thinks they can sail clean should never even walk past a casino...heheheheh

Yea, I agree Yankee. I believe that this virus is here to stay. And we will always witness a case or two on board, of the same virus we see now or a variant thereof. But hopefully, with border line herd immunity this all will be relegated to isolated cases. The virus then, will be no different on board than somebody coming down with a hard case of the flu, or cough, etc. There will be no possibility that the virus will sweep through like it did on the Diamond Princess a year ago. In other words---"We may never achieve long-term global herd immunity for COVID. But if we’re all vaccinated, we’ll be safe from the worst"


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