There are elections, rising Covid cases, and then some more news. US cruise lines have come together in following the Covid-19 pandemic safety guidelines.
As cases of Covid-19 have been rising worldwide there has been a question mark on the safety of cruise sailing and traveling for people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared a framework for sailing. This ideally meant that sailing will resume, however, the report also raised concerns regarding the safety of people. Thus, the chances of resumption are much slimmer than before.
To top it all, the removal of the ban further is done to simulate the sailings. This will show that ships and crews are in compliance with CDC standards and safe for not transferring or increasing the spread of COVID-19 onboard. In easy terms, the ban is lifted but the caution given by CDC has reduced the major chance of travel.
Cruise lines stance
Royal Caribbean Group that has Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, and Azamara will have to suspend their activities. Only the cruise movement from Singapore may continue. However, the passengers will receive the refunds. The cruises line had a variety of vessels that were to move in Australia, Asia, South America and South Africa. CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association, the industry trade group, released a statement.
“Our members are 100% committed to helping to protect the health of our guests, our crew, and the communities we serve and are prepared to implement multiple layers of protocols informed by the latest scientific and medical knowledge. We will continue to evolve our approach as circumstances evolve. The economic consequences of the ongoing suspension of service are felt in communities across the United States and with hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake, we are committed to resuming sailing in a responsible manner that keeps public health at the forefront.”
However, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has gone to help passengers. They have extended its cruising suspension through Dec. 31. People who have plans for some travel can consider this cruise as their option.
What is the new framework for sailing
CDC’s new order has come out after months of wait and patience from both the cruise liners and aspiring travelers. The conditional sailing order is a phased and tiered approach for passenger safety. This way cruises can assure the health and safety of passengers and port communities while resuming their business.
With the news of no or minimum sailing, there is also some good news. The cruise industry has more time to prep up for the next year. They are working on covering all loopholes and chalking out elaborate health protocols for the safety of everyone on the cruise.