Special for October 30th
Earlier today the CDC announced it will not extend the “Do Not Sail” order past October 31st. This makes cruise ships free to sail in American waters and enter U.S. ports on November 1st. While not required by Emergency Regulations the CDC is recommending that a number of procedures be instituted and followed by all public transportation, including cruise ships, to avoid the spreading of COVID-19 infections.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has adopted COVID-19 protocals, the industry body that represents the world’s major cruise lines, has announced the “mandatory core elements” of the new set of health regulations for cruising in American waters.
Universal mask wearing, physical distancing, Covid-19 testing and increasing fresh air into ventilation systems and strict rules for guests going ashore in ports of call are some of the new protocols.
It will take some time for cruise ships to make plans to get their ships staffed and back into service with some cruises likely to begin sailing in December.