MAJOR CRUISE NEWS: LATEST CDC CRUISE UPDATE ON WHEN CRUISING WILL RESUME IN U.S.!
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Norwegian Cruise Line sent a proposal to the CDC to resume cruising starting in July on April 5th. It is now April 18th, and the CDC has still not responded. When will the cruise lines and the CDC come to terms to restart cruising in the U.S.? In this latest cruise news video, we offer the latest CDC Cruise Updates and give you our take on when we will begin cruising again in the United States.
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0:00 Introduction to CDC Cruise Update
0:40 Norwegian Cruise Line Contacts the CDC
4:25 Cruise Lines Meet with the CDC
8:15 Congress Gets Involved
12:00 When Will Cruises Start Again
—–NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ASKS FOR A RESPONSE——
On Thursday, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO and Chairman Frank Del Rio sent a letter to the CDC asking for a formal and prompt response to its Sail SAFE proposal. This proposal requests the CDC to revoke the current Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. Among the safety and health protocols NCL proposes for its initial sailings is mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for all guests and crew. Of course, there are additional procedures, such as required face coverings.
It is evident from the recent comments that the cruise line executives are getting frustrated with the CDC. There appears to be a lack of communication and collaboration between the government agencies and the cruise industry.
—–CDC AND THE CRUISE LINES FINALLY MEET——
Embedded in that letter was the revelation that the cruise lines and CDC met earlier in the week to discuss a path forward. Details of the this meeting were not made public until Thursday.
To get more insight, CLIA sent an update to its executive partners regarding this meeting. In this listening session, the cruise industry was able to air its concerns about the current order. Those in attendance argued that the current requirements are too burdensome, and the cruise lines are not able to meet these specifications. They reiterated their call to have the Conditional Sailing Order altered or removed.
As part of the conversations, the cruise executives also argued that there have been great advancements in the science of fighting COVID-19. Among these medical enhancements are testing capabilities and the roll-out of vaccines. Plus, the cruise lines discussed current sailings and the success of cruise line protocols in other parts of the world.
This CDC cruise news is a good first step, but we need some concrete timelines and action items to keep the momentum going.
—–CDC CRUISE NEWS ——
While the CDC and the cruise lines were hashing out details, members of Congress decided to get involved too. On Tuesday, senators from Florida and Alaska introduced the CRUISE Act. This legislation would revoke the Conditional Sailing Order. The provisions of the bill would enable cruising to resume by July 4th. Still, the HHS and CDC would retain oversight powers and be able to regulate cruising to mitigate the possibility of spreading communicable disease on cruise ships.
Just days later, other legislators sent a letter to the CDC director. In this communication, lawmakers pleaded to keep the current CDC cruise guidelines in place. Of course, this call for the CDC cruise ship regulations to remain in effect ignores all the current findings that cruising can return safely.
—–WHEN WILL CRUISING RESUME IN U.S.——
It appears that some progress has been made between the CDC and the cruise lines. Still, we hope that there will be new cruise guidelines soon. With an update to the current CDC restrictions, it is possible that cruise lines will be able to resume cruising here in the U.S. by July. Otherwise, it seems very unlikely.
Stay tuned for the latest CDC cruise updates right here on the channel.
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