Cruise Ships Can Get Able to Set Sail Once more, C.D.C. Says
Observers will monitor and evaluate the bogus trips to ensure compliance, he added. “If the result is not what you want, you have to ask yourself: Is the plan not good enough or is the implementation not good enough?” Said Dr. Cetron. “This is a virus that can make a mistake very unforgiving.”
“We all know this virus is a formidable enemy and we will live with it for a while and we need to adjust our systems to get the maximum impact,” he added.
Ships will have fewer guests than in the past, and both crew members and passengers will have to wear masks and maintain social distance, said Dr. Cetron. New crew members who join a ship are not only tested before boarding, but are also quarantined for 14 days. The crew would be quarantined for 14 days before disembarking.
However, the quarantines would not apply to passengers. The CDC said passengers would instead be tested twice before boarding, he said. The guidelines will continue to be improved and “tweaked” along the way, he added.
The world’s major cruise lines have been decommissioned without sails on orders for months as the pandemic swept the world after tourists and crews docked aboard ships such as the Diamond Princess and stranded for weeks as infection rates rose on board.
Many cruise companies, such as Royal Caribbean, had already announced that they would not resume sailing until December. Some have canceled future crossings – Carnival Cruise, for example, has canceled all departures through December 31, as well as some departures in 2021 and 2022 The spread of infections is spreading and a return to the cruise ship soon remains in doubt.
The No-Sail order has been extended several times since March, but expires on Saturday.
The CDC website states that scientific evidence suggests that cruise lines – which bring travelers from around the world together to live in close proximity with crew members where social distancing is difficult to maintain – “are at higher risk for the transmission of Covid 19 as other environments ”. and that cruise ship outbreaks “pose a risk to the rapid spread of disease beyond voyage and into communities around the world”.