Travel CDC's COVID-19 Guidance to Become Optional for Cruise Lines — What to Know
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Looking for a cruise where you can do what you want, whenever you want, without a lot of structure and rules? Norwegian Cruise Line could be your brand. The Miami-based cruise line pioneered the idea of “freestyle cruising” — cruising without rigid dining schedules, dress codes and formal nights — and it’s still the go-to …The Miami-based cruise line pioneered the idea of “freestyle cruising” — cruising without rigid dining schedules, dress codes and formal nights — and it’s still the go-to line for vacationers who want a floating resort experience with a casual, laissez faire vibe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidance for cruise ships will become optional this weekend, in spite of a recent rise in onboard cases, agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky confirmed this week.
Cruise ships will be able to set their own rules on board after the CDC's Conditional Sail Order expires on Saturday. The order, which was, was first implemented after the agency in October 2020.
"I think the conditional sail order and the fact that the industry has stepped up and is now interested in doing and exceeding, as you know, the compliance with the sail order without the order even necessarily needing to be in place is a real testimony to how well that has worked and how we've worked collaboratively with the industry," Walenskyduring a senate committee hearing on Tuesday.
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But Walensky also noted the CDC has seen "a thirtyfold increase in cases on ships during this season because of omicron" over the last two weeks.
She said the CDC "will continue to do the oversight and watch and do all the technical assistance and support in every single way.
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"We anticipate that this order will not be renewed and that the cruise ship industries will continue to understand that this is a really safe practice for those industries," she added. "What I can't predict is what the summer will bring."
Currently, the order requires all cruise ships in the United States toto sail unless they commit to having 98% of crew and 95% of passengers fully vaccinated. Many have varying vaccine and in place, which they have amid the different waves of the pandemic.
The 8 classes of Norwegian Cruise Line ships, explained
Some cruise lines — Viking, for instance — have fleets where many of the ships have the same basic design. Norwegian Cruise Line is not one of them. If you’re thinking of booking a Norwegian cruise, an important thing to know is that there is a wide variation in the size and style of the …If you’re thinking of booking a Norwegian cruise, an important thing to know is that there is a wide variation in the size and style of the vessels in the line’s fleet.
But several cruise companies have been forced to cancel sailings in recent weeks due to the omicron variant, includingand . For its part, the , regardless of a guest's vaccination status.
Theuses a : green is safe to go, and the scale goes up through orange, yellow, and finally to red which signifies the need to relocate onboard crew to single-occupancy cabins, cancel face-to-face meetings, and close public spaces like gyms. The final coding color is gray — where the agency "has not reviewed or confirmed the cruise ship's health and safety protocols."
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures.
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