Cruise Industry May Be Able To Resume Passenger Voyages By Mid-July – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The cruise industry could resume its voyages in US waters this July.
A letter from the Centers for Disease Control to cruise industry leaders said that passenger travel could resume in July if they fully comply with the conditional sailing regulation.
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“Last night the CDC notified us of some clarifications and additions to their Conditional Sailing Ordinance that addressed uncertainties and concerns that we had raised. You have addressed many of these points in a constructive manner, taking into account recent advances in vaccines and medicine. While this is only part of a very complex process, it encourages us that we now see a path to a healthy and achievable return to service, “Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“My focus was on strengthening our economic engines in Miami-Dade and providing our residents with a safe way to return to work. I am grateful to the CDC for maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the port and our local cruise partners on a way to safely reopen the cruise industry, and I am delighted with this latest update resulting from these conversations and recommendations, “said Miami- Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a statement.
The mayor said the county will continue to work closely with the CDC and its cruise partners to achieve a safe cruise restart this summer.
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According to the Conditional Sail Order, cruise lines could skip simulated test trips when 98 percent of crew members and 95 percent of passengers are fully vaccinated.
In October last year, the CDC said cruise companies must conduct test sails and apply for a certificate at least 60 days before offering passenger cruises.
They now say they will review and respond to requests for simulated travel within five days.
The conditional sailing order also requires cruise lines to submit port agreements as soon as possible.
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The CDC said it was not possible to eliminate the risk on cruises, so the idea was to mitigate it.