CDC advises 'all people' to avoid cruise ships, citing COVID risk

Daniel Fowler
November 26, 2020

The cruise operations impacted include the following: All cruises sailing through 31 March 2021; Cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of United States ports through 1 November 2021. Carnival needs to get the new health measures stress-tested first, and when the cruise line does finally kick-start cruising again, all eyes will be on them.

The news coming Saturday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wasn't good as the agency raised its "Threat Level" warning for all cruises globally from Level 3 to Level 4, which carries a "Very High Risk" label. For those that decide to still travel they are recommending you should get tested three - five days after travel and quarantine for a week even if you test negative, if you choose to not get tested you should quarantine for at least 14 days. For example, cruise operations in the Mediterranean restarted over the summer - although with reduced passenger capacity and a more limited itinerary.

Almost a month prior, the CDC lifted its eight-month no-sail order for cruises across the country, replacing the order with a less restrictive "Conditional Sailing Order".

The difference this time is that Carnival Cruise Line is putting the pieces in place ready for resuming cruises in February 2021.

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Sure, cruise ships may look similar when you're browsing many websites, but in reality, as with hotels, cruise lines have their own personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, and you have to pick the best one for you.

"Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships", the notice explains.

The cruise line also canceled all cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of US ports through November 1, 2021, as well as all cruises in and out of Japan through June 25.

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