VP Pence talks to Disney about “No Sail Order”

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US Vice President Mike Pence has spoken to a number of national cruise line executives about CDC’s “No Sail Order”.

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Credit: Disney Cruise Line

According to the Disney Cruise Line blog report on the reunion:

…[the purpose was] to discuss the impacts of the Coronavirus on the cruise industry and the maritime economy, the CDC’s No Sail Order, and the Cruise Lines International Association and Healthy Sail Panel’s proposal to resume shipping operations in a safe and responsible manner. The recommendations of the Healthy Sail Panel have recently been adopted industry-wide.

Vice President Pence gave a brief overview of the current state of the No Sail Order and highlighted the common goal of reopening the maritime economy, with a focus on the cruise industry which will sail to safe again.

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The Disney Cruise Line blog also shared these details about what happened during the cruise industry meeting with government officials, including Vice President and Governor Leavitt:

HHS Secretary Azar and CDC Director Redfield spoke of their commitment to the collaborative effort that produced the 74 Healthy Sail Panel recommendations, and the federal government’s support for industry to navigate again safely and responsibly, but warned that the cruise industry should support their risk of resuming operations.

Governor Leavitt gave an overview of how the Healthy Sail Panel approached its report and recommendations, and stressed that the industry was motivated by producing real solutions without economic constraints, which did not lead to market players to compete on security. Leavitt said the outcome should be practical and prioritize safety.

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According to the White House report on the cruise industry meeting with Vice President Pence, these cruise line officials were involved, including Thomas Malzoum of The Walt Disney Company:

Governor Mike Leavitt (Co-Chair, Healthy Sail Panel)
-Arnold Donald (PDG, Carnival Corporation)
-Frank Del Rio (President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings)
-Richard Fain (President-General, Royal Caribbean Group)
-Thomas Malzoum (President, Disney Signature Experience)
-Pierfrancesco Vago (Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises)

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Credit: Disney Cruise Line

Related: Disney Cruise Line Reaches COVID Testing Agreement To Resume Sailing

Disney Cruise Line recently accepted CLIA’s 100% COVID-19 testing agreement for guests and crew on board. For the moment, Disney has canceled all cruises until December 2020. Several cruises in early 2021 departing from the Port of San Diego are currently available for booking on the official DCL website.

What do you think of the latest cruise industry government meeting?

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