CDC Raises COVID-19 Threat Level for Cruises, Adds River Cruising

CDC Raises COVID-19 Threat Level for Cruises, Adds River Cruising”

Although cruise lines have been taking reservations for cruises in 2021, the prospect of taking a cruise - at least on a ship sailing in USA waters - has now, unfortunately, been pushed further back into next year. 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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued an updated warning advising "all people" to avoid traveling on cruise ships during the coronavirus pandemic.

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". "Passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested three to five days after your trip AND stay home for seven days after travel".

That said, the CDC noted that "passenger operations continue to be suspended during the initial phases of this order; however that suspension is only applicable to cruises from USA ports on ships of more than 250 passengers". Previously, the CDC classified cruise ships and cruise travel as a level 3 risk. If they don't opt for post-cruise testing, the agency suggests that they stay home and isolate for 14 days.

Cruise ships off the coast of Weymouth

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.

Disney Cruise Line announced it is extending its suspension of service through the end of January.

Arnold Donald, CEO of cruise giant Carnival Corporation, says he is "cautiously optimistic" the company will resume sailings in early 2021. Although it is a bit disheartening, it is what's needed to address the pandemic, which is good.

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