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Maybe the CDC will allow us to drive to the ports so we can just look at the ships. But only if we can prove we've been vaccinated and we promise them we won't get out of our cars.

Offered but still it may not go ahead.

My guess is they'll release guidance for the cruise industry soon. The government is losing a lot of money by keeping the cruise lines from sailing.

Every time we go to a port, we have to pay porting fees...usually a couple hundred per passenger. Times that by a few thousand, you're looking at a figure that's almost in the half million range...for only a few ships for a week! By not allowing them to cruise, the government is losing revenue!

Plus, when we stop at the ports and buy souvenirs, we're helping the local economy. We're keeping businesses from closing, hence another reason the government is affected by the holdup with the cruises.

Cruising is a billion-dollar industry that directly affects the government!

Right now, there's all sorts of new regulations and recommendations that have been released by the CDC within the last week. Hope is on the horizon, but we need to keep doing what we've been doing for the past year (masking, etc.) if we want things back to normal.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/most-cruise-lines-don-t-pay-taxes-u-s-just-n1172496

Cruise lines pay no Federal tax..if by "the government" you mean the FEDERAL gov't, they couldn't care less....those port fees go to the local government, and yes, port cities are losing revenue, and small biz that're at or near the ports are too...but its been demonstrated over and over how little clout they have...other than loosening the "regulations" re being with people who have been fully inoculated (assuming you can identify them) I'd love to see the that list of changes released by the CDC within the past week...When you posted you couldn't find them, I spent a good 20 min fooling around online, figuring I must've missed some kind of major announcement. I couldn't find anything, because there wasn't anything, other than the above announcement re mingling with other fully vaxxed persons.

Its true that an assortment of Governors have relaxed or removed just about all THEIR restrictions and guidances, and the debate rages just how smart that move is. Right now I think they're premature...I'd love to be proven wrong....lets see what happens after spring break and easter and so on. The grand total of Americans completely inoculated is still way to low to start acting like we're doing just fine.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

That’s all I am going to say on the matter.

I think once upon a time the CDC had a stellar reputation...past few years all they've proven is that they're not driving their own bus.

Very true, but they also have other taxes to pay that do get paid to the government: https://cruiseradio.net/fact-check-do-cruise-lines-pay-us-taxes/

As for the CDC, you can find all their changes on their website, with more changes to come soon, according to the President (I saw the address he gave tonight).

I do agree, reopening is a bit premature. Not everyone has had the opportunity to get vaccinated. Mass., a neighboring state is only about 10% fully vaccinated.

The cruise industry may not pay direct taxes in the states BUT they do provide port fees and employment and to US citizens in the ports as well as the local hotel industry. The trickle down employment from the cruise industry is quite large when you think of supplies and the supply chain and port employees.

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