The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Friday it will begin allowing cruise ships to restart cruises.
The CDC announced following the expiration of the No Sail order on October 31, the agency will take a “phased approach to resuming cruise ship operations in U.S. waters.”
The Conditional Sailing Order for Cruise Ships will encompass a few phases:
- Testing and additional safeguards for crew members
- Simulated voyages to test cruise line ability to mitigate virus spread onboard
- Phased return to cruise ship passenger voyages
These phases are subject to change based on public health considerations and cruise ship operator’s demonstrated ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk.
In addition, the Conditional Sailing Order announced new requirements for initial phases relating to crew testing.
While the No Sail order expires on October 31, Royal Caribbean has already cancelled all of its sailings through November 30.
Ending the cruise ship ban
The announcement that the CDC will lift the cruise ship ban comes after 7 months of the No Sail order prohibiting cruise lines from operating in U.S. waters.
Royal Caribbean has been shutdown since mid-March, and the No Sail order has been a major obstacle to any restart plan in North America.
Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings teamed up over the summer to come up with a comprehensive and multi-layered approach to allow cruise ships to operate safely, through the efforts of a blue ribbon panel of scientists.
The Healthy Sail Panel has developed its own set of 74 detailed steps to safeguard the health of guests, crew and communities.
Recommendations include testing, the use of face coverings, and enhanced sanitation procedures on ships and in terminals.
Healthy Panel co-chair Governor Mike Leavitt, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, specified exactly how in-depth their recommendations go.
“This Panel undertook an ambitious, cross-disciplinary, public health examination to develop standards and guidelines that create the highest level of safety in the complex environment of a cruise ship. We studied the industry’s experiences combating the pandemic – and we then incorporated the many lessons learned and advances made by medicine and science over the past six months. The Panel’s recommendations are grounded in the best scientific and medical information available and are intended to meaningfully mitigate public health risks to those who sail.”
CDC lifts cruise ship band and allow phased approach for cruises to sail again was originally published on October 30, 2020 at 02:00PM by Matt from Royal Caribbean Blog. Far Beyond Infinity Travel Blog takes no responsibility for errors in syndicated content.