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.

Source:

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/04/29/report-cdc-says-cruise-ships-could-restart-mid-july-95-vaccinated-passengers

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I did see that RC is requiring passengers 18 and over to be vaccinated and those under to have a negative test prior to boarding.. I am not certain if that is here in the U.S. or not. I did a quick Google search in the car rider line this morning to see if there were any changes overnight. I think the more family-oriented lines should go that route, a lot of us have already booked several times, and paid them off.

I'd be good with that.. just gotta make sure the little ones wash, sanitize etc. Thankfully my kid is weird and loves to do all of those things, esp on the ship. They have those cool handwashing stations..he had more fun with those than doing regular kid stuff Yummy

https://fortune.com/2021/04/01/its-official-vaccinated-people-dont-transmit-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1zDaEIPuVNBfo7PFR0uDRl1pQ4CQoCcvQcTi86qeiGiLBA5WwnxnGHHLM

BUT----

"Vaccinated people can still be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and suffer the symptoms of COVID-19, though this happens at a much reduced rate and severity, and vaccination eliminates the risk of death.

But the most important part of the recent CDC findings is that vaccinated people are very unlikely to suffer asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections. Participants in the study who were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines were 90% less likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2. Of infections that did occur, only 10.7 percent were asymptomatic. Taken together, this means vaccinated people are highly unlikely to transmit the virus when they are not suffering symptoms. This also means that as vaccination rates continue to rise, the virus will have fewer and fewer possible hosts."

We've been out and about alot lately...making up for lost time I suppose...signs about wearing masks are still up all over, and to say that they remain unenforced is an understatement...Couple of times we didn't bother to wear em, and I gotta admit...it feels weird.....shows you can get used to anything. Besides, I'm not holding my breath over that "herd immunity" thing either....clear to me there's whole areas of the country that won't even get close to 70%.

Yep, I doubt 70% too, Yankee. Even the experts are blinking now.------ " In the pandemic’s early days, Dr. Fauci tended to cite the same 60 to 70 percent estimate that most experts did. About a month ago, he began saying “70, 75 percent” in television interviews.

And last week, in an interview with CNBC News, he said “75, 80, 85 percent” and “75 to 80-plus percent.” “We need to have some humility here,” he added. “We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/24/health/herd-immunity-covid-coronavirus.html

However------"Even if Dr. Fauci is right and it will take 85 or even 90 percent herd immunity to completely stop coronavirus transmission, Dr. Lipsitch said, “we can still defang the virus sooner than that."

“We don’t have to have zero transmission in order to have a decent society. We have lots of diseases, like flu, transmitting all the time, and we don’t shut down society for that. If we can vaccinate almost all the people who are most at risk of severe outcomes, then this would become a milder disease.”

I still contend, that once we have vessels with large numbers of crew and guests on board return, with no cataclysmic on board event having taken place, then investor confidence (as well as guest confidence) will return.

I chuckle at the suggestion the federal government should pick up the tab for the cruise industry economic struggles in attempting to get cruising under control, in order to satisfy society at large concerns over the pandemic. Very few of my friends cruise, particularly as much as I used to. I can see them now bristle at the idea they are going to have to get their and other taxpayer wallets out to assure of my future "Bon Voyages".

I wouldn't want to pay for one of your cruises, even if it was just lazy-eights around the harbor.....BUT...you are certainly invited to pay for one of mine...I would accept it graciously...thankyou note and all...heheheheheheheh (btw....good to see you jumping in here...must be boredom)

NCL CEO made a statement that, based upon the written CDC instructions, they won't be able to sail in Jul. Seems to be some misunderstanding with the original April notice where test cruises could be skipped if crew/passenger vaccinations (at a high level) were in place. The actual instruction that came out last week undermines that previous assumption, so some level of test cruising will need to take place.

Volunteers must be vaccinated, but will "role play' various scenarios to test ship protocols. For example - passenger 125 plays an active case with symptoms (so is quarantined), another passenger plays another set of symptoms etc.

Its simply harassment at this point. Cruise lines will need to ship more operations overseas until the USG alters polices. Start budgeting for more airfare if you want to cruise.

PASSENGERS???? ROLE PLAY??? not even for $$...and yes...now it is nothing but harassment....sounds like a family fight to me, and we're the neighbors who have to deal with it....sounds like fun on one of these test cruises...no thankyou...not hardly THAT desperate......teach you rule #2 DON'T EVER VOLUNTEER...NEVER....only in the movies...........

It does sound like fun. I hope we can specify who we can volunteer to be. I want to be the guy quarantined in his cabin for a few days (with my family of course). I can get caught up on my reading. Who know, we may even get lucky and they'll lock us in an oceanview cabin.

Hey..... it's for science. Sacrifice is required for the good of all of mankind; or at least the ones who cruise.

You're right, I forgot myself...."NEXT 4 SENIORS...THIRD INSIDE CABIN ON YOUR LEFT....YOU THERE...YOU JUST GOT COVID!"..........."WAIT....YOU REALLY DID TEST POSITIVE!......WTF DO WE DO NOW?? "SHHHHH...DON'T SAY ANYTHING!".......WE'LL FLUNK AND GET FIRED...."....

They could just invoke "pirate rules". You get sick and you walk the plank. Problem solved.

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