• Tom Drake

NCLH CEO makes his pitch to the CDC.

Updated: Apr 6

Frank Del Rio wants his ships sailing by July 4, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio thinks it's time that his ships get back to sailing, and he has asked CDC Director Rochelle Wallensky to agree with him.

In a letter sent to the CDC director this morning, Del Rio said, "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."

"We believe we can provide a uniquely safe and healthy vacation experience," Del Rio said. "With our vessels back in operation, we will not only reinstate thousands of American jobs and meet the significant consumer demand for cruising but also re-contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy as the industry resumes cruise operations."

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