Despite calls from trade groups to allow for a phased resumption of sailings from U.S. ports, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that its Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) will remain in effect until Nov. 1, 2021.
The CDC is reportedly still reviewing the next phase of its CSO, which was announced on Oct. 30 as part of a four-phased approach that focuses on ship lab capacity, testing, quarantining and isolating requirements.
Reports say the CDC is still in phase one of its process.
The cruise industry, which has begun unveiling itineraries from Caribbean islands to get around the CDC’s order, has been asking U.S. health officials to modify its CSO so ships can return to American waters.
CLIA, which represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, put a statement out on March 24 requesting that ships be allowed to sail from U.S. ports by July.
“The cruise industry has adopted a high bar for resumption around the world with a multi-layered set of policies that is intended to be revised as conditions change,” said Kelly Craighead, CLIA’s President and CEO.
Craighead also noted “the accelerated rollout of vaccines is a game changer in providing for the health and well-being of the public, especially in the United States, where President Biden expects all adults will be eligible for vaccinations by May 1, 2021.”
Crystal Cruises is one cruise company working around the CDC’s guidelines by offering sailings out of the Bahamas this summer.
Celebrity Cruises, also, is kickstarting operations this summer with a series of itineraries out of St. Maarten.
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