Looking to take a cruise? Better get vaccinated 

"People are going to have to decide, if I wanna cruise or I want to go to Europe, I gotta get vaccinated or I’m not going."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – According to the CDC, cruise ships could potentially set sail in U.S. waters as early as mid-July depending on one thing, vaccinations.

“The industry shut down a year ago and now we’re seeing these rays of sunshine like today’s news about the CDC opening the door just a little more,” Steve Glenn, the Chairman of Executive Travel said. “But the reality of it; you’re going to need a vaccine for COVID before you go on a cruise and do the same to go to Europe or most countries around the world.”

New framework released by the CDC says cruise companies can ship off if they can prove that 98% of their crew and 95% of their passengers are fully vaccinated.

Many major cruise lines have already announced they’ll be requiring future guests to be fully vaccinated in order to board the ship.

Back on dry land, the European Union recently announced all 27 countries will allow Americans to come in, but only if you have received the COVID shot.

“People are going to have to decide,” Glenn said. “If I wanna cruise or I want to go to Europe, I gotta get vaccinated or I’m not going.”

For the past year, cruise ships could not set sail out of any U.S. ports, so the ships took it upon themselves and went elsewhere to more foreign ports to keep their business afloat.

“So you got cruise ships now leaving from a lot of the Caribbean destinations, so (the ships) didn’t wait on the CDC,” Glenn said.

Come July when cruise lines hit the open U.S. water, experts say expect a higher price tag. You could potentially see those prices even double if you wait to buy your ticket till after Memorial day.

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