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The CDC Cuts the Cruise Industry a Break!

The "Gang That Can't Jab Straight" has decided to lower the risk of cruising to Level 2.

The CDC has lowered the risk of cruising from Level 3 to Level 2. Among the recommendations on the CDC website are:

1) Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19

vaccines before cruise ship travel.

The CDC says getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease, slow the spread of COVID-19, and reduce the number of new variants.

2) If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, avoid cruise ship travel. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your doctor.

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters onboard ships, and the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is moderate, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships.

  • Check your cruise ship's color code and vaccination status classification before traveling.

  • Get a COVID-19 viral test as close to the time of cruise departure as possible (no more than three days) before you travel.

See more information about testing before boarding a ship participating in CDC's COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships.

  • During your cruise, wear a well-fitting mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when indoors (outside of your cabin) or in crowded outdoor settings.

  • Get tested 3–5 days after your cruise, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status. Isolate if your test is positive or you develop COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Along with testing, if you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you should self-quarantine for a full 5 days after cruise travel.

If you would like to spend a few hours reading all of the CDC recommendations, click below:

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