CDC extends conditional navigation order on January 15, then becomes voluntary – .

CDC extends conditional navigation order on January 15, then becomes voluntary – .

After that, the agency intends to turn the CSO into a voluntary program ‘in coordination with cruise ship operators and other stakeholders, to help the cruise ship industry detect, mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19 aboard cruise ships.

No new charges or obligations

Announcing the extended CSO plan on Monday, the agency said: “The CDC does not view this temporary extension as imposing new burdens or obligations on cruise ship operators compared to the previous CSO. “

Cruise Lines International Association said the changes to the CSO show that the Biden administration and the CDC “recognize the successful resumption of cruise industry operations,” adding, “We look forward to demonstrating the continued leadership of the industry in this final phase of the CSO, and to carry out a smooth transition to the end of the order ‘on January 15.

“We have come a long way”

All of this “bodes well for the cruise industry but also for the working relationship between CDC and the cruise industry,” an operations expert told Seatrade Cruise News.

We’ve come a long way since the days when the CDC and the cruise lines didn’t even talk to each other… It seems the cruise industry is well aware of what the CDC is looking for and effectively enforces the measures. . ‘

Many ships resumed passenger operations as the Delta variant ramped up, the expert noted, and although there have been cases on board, the CDC appears to be confident that the right controls are in place. square.

“These procedures are also very important to ensure that the public feel comfortable sailing,” said the operations source, noting that this is the case as occupancy levels increase.

1,359 confirmed cases of COVID June 26-Oct. 21

The CDC said there is an ongoing need for public health management to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships. Even with high vaccination rates among crew and passengers, between June 26 and October 21, 1,359 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported to the agency from cruise ships as a result of the CSO.

Transition to less than 95% of passengers vaccinated

A change in the extended order is that ships operating with 95% crew and passengers fully vaccinated may drop to less than 95% vaccinated passengers without having first made a mock voyage, with several provisions.

They must have a 60 day transition period with the 95% level and continue to have 95% of the crew fully vaccinated. They will also need to incorporate the use of additional masks, distancing and other measures. They must also have procedures in place to inform passengers who have booked a cruise that is 95% vaccinated that their navigation will no longer function as such.

Ships that have sailed outside U.S. waters and intend to transition to an operation with less than 95% of passengers vaccinated will need to follow these same procedures, but will also need to perform a mock boarding check and test. to the terminal they intend to use in the United States. unless the ship is operating from a terminal already used by other ships of the same cruise line.

No obligation to list travel advice in marketing

In another change, it will no longer be necessary to include a travel advisory, warning or recommendation from CDC regarding cruise travel in marketing materials.

The current CSO is due to expire on October 30; its requirements remain in effect until then. The extension, with its modifications, comes into effect on November 1.

The update adds CLIA’s reaction.


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