Cruise lines await CDC decision on possible extension of “no sail” order


As airlines anxiously await a possible second wave of government aid, another big segment of the travel world is also on the hook this week.

The cruise industry in the United States, under a shipping ban order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is hoping the September 30 deadline for that order will quietly expire. and that he will be able to return to the waters to do business again.

Although some cruise lines have set sail in Europe, ships carrying more than 250 passengers are not allowed to sail in the United States.

Major cruise lines recently announced that they will voluntarily institute a new mandatory health and safety protocol when cruising finally resumes in the Americas.
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Cruise lines just want to get back into the water, and has noted the health and safety protocol plans presented last week by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on behalf of all of its members, as well as another called Healthy Sailing Plan developed by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group.

The Norwegian / Royal Caribbean Plan, drawn up by government officials and infectious disease experts, outlined 74 measures cruise lines would take specifically to best ensure passenger safety.

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The CDC had solicited public comment for a 60-day period that has since ended on whether the no-sail order should be lifted.

The agency has received thousands of responses, although Royal Caribbean International chief executive officer Michael Bayley said the process was being tampered with by a group of anti-cruisers overloading the CDC website with negative comments .


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