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/