3,450 positive COVID-19 cases out of 600,000 passengers in the U.S., which is 0.2%.
The head of Florida's second busiest cruise port does not seem worried about the rise in Covid cases on cruise ships. Murray said despite the rise in omicron, the measures that have been in place since business ramped up this past summer remain the same.
“Our safety protocols and practices have not changed,” Murray said. “We continue to work closely with our cruise partners and will support them as necessary.”
Murray who was recently given a 36% pay increase by the county commissioners said recently at their meeting on December 8, “COVID is out there, it’s how we do it.” I’ve said all along since I’ve been standing here for 18 months that the protocols are what make it happen. You can manage anything if you have the right protocols in place, and the cruise lines have it.” “These protocols are keeping the ships safe,” Murray said.
The Cruise Lines International Association, a lobbying group that represents most cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Disney, has stated it continues to monitor developments related to omicron variant and that it would “remain closely engaged with local and national authorities in the places where cruises sail.”