THIS MAKES JUST SOOOOOO MUCH SENSE...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2022/01/12/cruises-covid-protocols-cdc/9120931002/

Sounds like a free-for-all to me.....so whatever happens, its the passengers problem.....btw...we just made our dinner reservations for our next one 4/17....between the POM and CRUISENEXT coupons, its darn near free...so if it sails, we're on it.........hmmmmmm...didn't I say that about the last one???

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My crystal ball says: all major cruise lines will sign up for volunteer status and continue as they are with protocols. Maybe about April the might relax some of them. (Did you like all the qualifiers?). The CDC is now pushing the "blame game" onto the cruise lines, even if they can halt a ship from sailing if the guidelines aren't followed (note green sheet still controlled by CDC). In other words: nothing has really chnged.

Yeh, I saw them...it just comes down to who is driving the bus, and all I know is it isn't mere passengers.... soooo...you gotta do what's best for YOU...(HA!) and whatever you consider an acceptable level of risk. Clearly, they can't even control CREW....BTW, that ol green sheet....is it still alive and well? I thought it hadn't been updated since forever...d'you happen to have a link to it by any chance? Reason i ask, is before I deleted it awhile back, it hadn't been updated since 2018...the only "new" thing is that covid color chart.....

As far as I know it has not been updated since CDC took control of the cruise lines, but they plan to restart it.

Green Sheet Report (cdc.gov)

Thanks for that. Eventually things will return to normal...or whatever the definition of "normal" will be.....Just spoke to our PCC on NCL...discovered you can't make "entertainment" reservations online anymore...only on board..bah...but a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things...now dinner reservations...THAT would have mattered...but we're all set...

I also think that things will start to be relaxed around April (assuming everything stays on its current trajectory). We're fully prepared to endure all the restrictions on our March cruise.

But you're right about it not making any sense. I keep going back to the two competing statements by the CDC, i.e. (to paraphrase)

To cruise lines: "OK, we love what you set up and we now believe you can manage on your own. Just keep doing what you're doing, and we're cool."

To the VACATIONING public: "DON'T GET ON A CRUISE SHIP-IT'S NOT SAFE!"

It's like a restaurant critic writing in a review: "I really loved the place, great food, good atmosphere. But I wouldn't eat there if I were you."

Great summary!

LMAO .. yeah, a bit of wiggle room there in those. They have more or less said your on your own .. sink or swim .. we abdicate any responsibility .. we are out of here.

What a world!!! Things certainly have been totally screwed up for the past 2 years. This Covid plus its variants have caused nothing but complete chaos with all our lives. Soon it has to come to a point whereby with all the vaccines plus boosters plus safety protocols plus Covid fatigue that the powers that be will say, "We just gotta live with it". Stay tuned....

That thought was why I started this thread. I guess they figure if we're willing to cruise, then the "blame" lies with us if we get sick....

Logical, but that will never happen...."never let a good crisis go to waste"...(Churchill)....there entirely too many politicians making points daily over this, not to mention a vast array of suppliers..of all types who are making a good living off it...

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