Updated: Mar 4
There will be 19 cruises involving eight destinations.
CLIA Brazil announced today that CLIA had reached for cruise ships to return in April.
ut of frustration with officials, most major cruise lines canceled their calls and headed to new ports in February. Oceania cruises returned the Marina to Miami, taking over the itineraries scheduled for Sirena. Oceania Sirena then had their restart pushed back to March 29.
CLIA said all parties have agreed on protocols. According to their eligibility under Brazil's national immunization plan, they include mandatory full vaccination for passengers and crew. Pre-embarkation testing is required, either a PCR test taken up to three days prior to travel or antigen one day before. There will be frequent testing of at least 10% of passengers and crew during the voyage.
There will also be enhanced sanitation, mask-wearing, social distancing, ventilation, and other measures that are also part of the standard procedures. Ships have isolation and quarantine facilities should a case emerge, and extensive response plans use private shoreside resources to prevent any burden on ports or communities.
All of those requirements make you wonder why cruise lines will incur many unnecessary costs.