CDC Issues More Guidelines for the Cruise Lines To Ignore
Removed requirement for cruise ship operators to suspend passenger interactive experiences previously approved by the Vessel Sanitation Program.
The CDC on Friday released updated voluntary guidelines for the cruise industry. An industry that has been self-regulating and operating safely on its own since its restart.
The Cruise Line Industry Association issued a statement that made that point forcefully for a change, "CLIA cruise line members continue to lead the way in unmatched health and safety measures compared to virtually any other commercial setting. The updates announced today acknowledge the effectiveness of the cruise lines in their ability to create an environment that provides one of the highest levels of COVID-19 mitigation and reflect the improvements in the public health landscape. CLIA member cruise lines will continue to operate to prioritize the health and safety of everyone on board, as well as the communities that we visit."
Among the bureaucratic changes was removing the requirement for cruise ship operators to suspend passenger interactive experiences such as interactive cooking, culinary workshops and demonstrations, mixology/blending classes, galley, and other "behind the scene" tours.
The CDC also CDC modified port agreements, removing ship and capacity limits at ports.
If you are planning to cruise and want more information you can find it on the CDC website.