May 6, 2021 – Guidelines for cruise lines to conduct simulated voyages as part of the resumption of shipping in U.S. waters were released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The guidelines outline all the requirements and recommendations for cruise ship operators to begin simulated voyages with volunteer passengers before they can restart restricted passenger services, the CDC said.
The document describes how CDC cruise ship inspections will be conducted during simulated and restricted passenger voyages, and includes requirements and recommendations on the prevention and surveillance of COVID-19 on ships.
“CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and seaport partners to resume cruising by following the phased approach outlined in the [guidelines]”The agency said in a statement.” This goal aligns with the potential resumption of passenger operations in the United States by mid-summer, expressed by many major cruise ship operators and travelers ”.
“COVID-19 vaccines play a critical role in the safe resumption of passenger operations, but not all cruise ship operators have announced plans to make passenger vaccinations mandatory,” the agency added. . “As more people are fully immunized and more therapeutic drugs become available, the phased approach has enabled the CDC to incorporate these advances into planning for the safe resumption of travel. by cruise ship. CDC recommends all port staff and travelers [passengers and crew] get vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine is available to them. “
Cruise ship crossings in U.S. waters were halted last year by the CDC in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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