CDC ends its voluntary COVID-19 program for cruise ships

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States officially interrupted its COVID-19 Cruise Ship Program on Monday, July 18th.

In an update, the CDC stated that as of this date, it will instead “publish guidance to help cruise ships continue to provide a safer and healthier environment for passengers, crew and communities going forward.”

This means that the CDC will issue health and safety advisories for the cruise industry as well as other travel industries, but nothing else.

Following this significant announcement, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued the following statement:

“The Cruise Lines International Association and its member cruise lines welcome the decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to end the CDC COVID-19 Program for cruise ships operating in US waters in favor of a set of public health guidelines. cruise ship operations. We look forward to reviewing the details, which we understand will be posted on the CDC website in the coming days. This is an important step at the CDC, bringing the guidelines for cruises in line with those established for other travel, hospitality and entertainment industries.”

They also believe that the end of the CDC program proves the effectiveness of the industry’s comprehensive and stringent protocols. In fact, cruise transport is one of the safest modes of transport and one of the most successful industries in limiting the development and severity of COVID-19, with fewer passengers or crew becoming seriously ill or requiring hospitalization than patients. in land.

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Not everyone is happy. Some believe passengers felt safer knowing if there was an outbreak on board or something.

“I’m a little conflicted about this happening,” John Maddox, owner of Tropical Getaways Travel said in reaction to the news. “I am thrilled that the days of cruise lines being treated unfairly are over. I am hopeful that pre-cruise testing, which has been a source of anxiety for many, will be eliminated.”

“I take a break from the cruise lines and their history of not being as transparent as possible in many areas,” he said. “Customers deserve to know information about cases on board to make a personal health decision about whether or not they will be comfortable sailing.” said Maddox.

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