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CDC Indicates Cruise Ships Can Set Sail

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the cruise industry’s call to be allowed to sail in U.S. waters again has been answered. The ships bearing thousands of vacationing passengers can resume operations so long as the overwhelming majority of those on board are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a letter sent to cruise companies on Wednesday and obtained by CBS News, the CDC stated that cruise ships can set sail in U.S. waters by mid-summer so long as 95% of customers and 98% of the crew are vaccinated.

Earlier this month, CEOs of Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean made their case to the White House’s COVID response team and the CDC to replace the government’s phased-in approach to sailings from U.S. ports with a plan that allows sailings to resume this summer, sources in the room told CNBC.

This decision follows Alaska joining a lawsuit brought by Florida against the CDC challenging the CDC’s shutdown of the cruise industry. “Through this lawsuit, Alaska seeks to protect its citizens and its interests by forcing the CDC to act within the limited authority Congress granted it,” said Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor in a statement on the the state website. “CDC simply does not have the authority to arbitrarily shut down an entire industry,” he said.

Major cruise lines halted travel from the U.S. in March of last year when the CDC issued a “no-sail” order that continues to block passenger cruise ships from leaving domestic ports. This suspension of operations has cost the cruise industry billions. Royal Caribbean Cruises reported a net loss of $1.1 billion in the first quarter, reports CBS. Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, believes the company’s cruise ships could set sailed by mid-July, which is about the midpoint of Alaska’s May-September cruise season, he said in an earnings call.

Cruise ships are often ideal locations for outbreaks of infectious diseases because of their closed environment and close contact with travelers from all over the world. Last year, More than 800 cases of COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages. Ten 10 deaths had been associated with cruise ships as of March 27, 2020, stated the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

4 thoughts on “CDC Indicates Cruise Ships Can Set Sail

  1. No thanks, even before the Covid. Way too many people getting sick from the food, flu, bedbugs, no thanks.Everybody drinking the same Kool-Aid. 3000 people on the ship and the pool is 20 x 20 come on.

  2. So FEDGOV can’t force people to get an mRNA gene manipulation poison injection, but it can deny a whole industry the ability to do any business unless it agrees to ban unpoisoned employees and unpoisoned people?

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  3. If you’re going to ship to not drink the water. Because that’s where it starts. And then back to Arachosia right through the air conditioners. Just think about a ship that holds 3000 people, and 1000 staff, some ships hold more or you nuts. And then you’re going into all the countries pulling in to the airports, and some of these ports are filthy. And believe me I’ve been to many ports around the world, you see the shit of this shit, germs bacteria rotten food, rodents,

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  4. They’re winding down the COVID scam.
    It has served its purpose.
    Keeping it going has diminishing returns .

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