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‘Healthy Sail Panel’ submits 74 COVID-19 cruise recommendations to CDC

USA Today and other news outlets are reporting that Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise line has submitted recommendations to the CDC to help end the cruise “no-sail order.”

”It’s not news that cruising will be different when ships return to U.S. waters as cruise operators seek to ensure passengers’ safety. The question of what a cruise vacation will look like in the COVID-19 era has lingered during a more than six-month industrywide pause.

But a picture is starting to form. 

Monday, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian’s “Healthy Sail Panel” submitted a 65-page report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the agency’s request for public comment. The CDC’s comment period closes Monday, and its “no-sail” order is set to expire at the end of the month. The Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group, issued a voluntary suspension through Oct. 31. 

The panel’s report contains 74 recommendations to prevent the introduction and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships, including testing, face coverings and temperature checks. The recommendations were published on each cruise company’s website.”

News reports have also stated that “anti-cruise” advocates have flooded the CDC with negative comments about resuming cruising: https://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/royal-caribbean-ceo-anti-cruisers-sabotaging-cdc-public-comments.html

The full report with the recommendations can be found at https://nclhltdcorp.gcs-web.com/static-files/5492d5db-6745-4b21-b952-49d3639f6e79

The full USAToday article can be found here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/09/21/norwegian-royal-caribbean-cruise-panel-suggests-covid-19-rules/5839739002/

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