• Tom Drake

An Animated Del Rio tells CDC on Mad Money It is Time to Cruise

NCLH forcefully sells his restart plan on CNBC.

Appearing yesterday, March 5, on Mad Money with Jim Cramer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings issued a challenge when talking to Cramer about the cruise industry. "I challenge you to tell me of another venue anywhere that has this kind of iron-clad health and safety protocols in place … cruise ships will de facto become the safest place on earth." The CEO, who was very animated in the interview, went onto say, "It's time to get back to cruising" "I don't want to say that I'm daring the CDC to do anything, but I want to hear any feedback that suggests that this is not the best way to come back and cruise again."

Earlier in the day, Del Rio sent a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Wallensky requesting the CDC lift the Conditional Sail Order effective July 4. The letter also advised the CDC that all NCLH ships will require all guests and crew to be vaccinated before cruising.

"We congratulate the CDC on the steps it has taken to further open travel for vaccinated Americans. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings shares the CDC's view that vaccinations are the primary vehicle for Americans to get back to their everyday lives," Del Rio said. "We believe that through a combination of 100% mandatory vaccinations for guests and crew and science-backed public health measures as developed by the Healthy Sail Panel, led by former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt and former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb, we can create a safe, 'bubble-like' environment for guests and crew. We look forward to joining the rest of the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors in participating in this next phase of our recovery."

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