Breaking cruise news, no sail order lifted!
We have BREAKING news for you today! The CDC has lifted the no sail order! But, before we get to excited about the resumption of cruising, it’s important to know that the CDC has issued a NEW Framework for Conditional Sailing, a 40 page document outlining the basics of return to cruise travel.
You can read about the lifting of the no sail order here but we’ll break it down for you below.
CDC Framework for Conditional Sailing Order
- Cruise lines MUST apply for a COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate from the CDC. The CDC can approve or deny any permit application, and also revoke it later.
- Cruise lines are required to run a series of simulated voyages prior to re-entering service. Simulated voyages will mimic a normal cruise experience and also include drills for potential outbreaks and positive COVID-19 cases aboard.
- The CDC can control passenger and crew capacity, itineraries, ports visits, activities and more.
- Cruises from the U.S. cannot exceed seven days. We don’t know how long this requirement lasts.
- Cruise lines must test and screen passengers and crew before they embark.
- Crew will be tested on a weekly basis going forward.
- “Laboratory testing” will be required of all passengers and crew on embarkation and disembarkation in line with CDC guidelines. Testing
- Ships must maintain standards for hygiene based on CDC Guidelines. This will include physical distancing, hand washing, etc.
- Cruise lines will be required to modify dining and entertainment services in line with physical distancing requirements.
- Cruise lines must disembark and transport guests and crew using non-commercial transportation in the event of a positive case.
As we know, the cruise lines have been working tirelessly over the past several months to adapt to the new requirements that are sure to prevail when cruise returns. There are many examples of what cruise lines have been doing to innovate and prepare, from creating new Muster Drill procedures, to new air filtration systems and so much more.
Now we wait!
But waiting never felt so good!
What can you do to to prepare for the return to cruise travel? Check out our article on Cruise Safety– What YOU can do to be a proactive cruise traveler.
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