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CDC issues highest travel health notice for Bahamas

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TravelPulse.com is reporting, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has elevated its Travel Health Notice for the Bahamas to a Level 4, advising Americans to avoid all travel to the country due to the threat of COVID-19.

The news comes at the same time that the U.S. State Department has announced it will issue its highest travel advisory level—Level 4 “Do Not Travel”—for approximately 80 percent of countries around the world. As of January 2021, the Bahamas is listed at a Level 3, with officials urging Americans to reconsider travel to the destination due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.”

What’s interesting to me is that news reports have stated that cruise lines are considering sending some of their ships to Nassau because the CDC won’t allow cruises to sail from U.S. ports.

SunSentinel.com is reporting, “It’s the news cruise enthusiasts have been awaiting for a year: Royal Caribbean International has announced it will again sail from North America this summer.

Well, technically. Actually, the cruise line says it will be running a schedule of seven-day sailings aboard its Adventure of the Seas ship from Nassau, Bahamas.

Travelers will have to fly or find a separate water service to Nassau. Onboard capacity will be reduced. Health protocols will be in place, including mask wearing and social distancing except when sitting in restaurants or on beaches. Violations of mask-wearing rules in the Bahamas could result in a $200 fine or 30 days in prison, according to that nation’s protocols.

Bookings will be available beginning March 24. Schedules and itineraries have not been released yet, but according to Royal Caribbean, sailings will begin June 12 and run through August.”

As I’ve said on my TV interviews, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is suing the federal government, bills  have been introduced in Congress to resume cruising and all-inclusive resorts are open in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

The big question is, will Americans travel to Nassau (or Bermuda), to cruise? 

 

Click on the links below for stories referenced in this post:

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-royal-caribbean-bahamas-cruises-20210322-se76atoxvnctxoq3ysxecwqdta-story.html

https://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/cdc-issues-highest-travel-health-notice-for-the-bahamas.html

About Scott Lara

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