U.S. cruises could resume by mid-July, CDC says
"This puts cruise ships closer to open water sailing sooner," the agency stated.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- According to the CDC, cruises in the U.S. could resume as early as mid-July.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020, the CDC has blocked cruise ships that carry over 250 people from sailing into U.S. waters.
On Wednesday, the CDC made some clarifications to its existing return-to-sailing framework, now allowing cruise companies to bypass the previously required simulated voyages if a ship can prove that 98% of its crew and 95% of its passengers are fully vaccinated.
The “CDC remains committed to the resumption of passenger operations in the United States following the requirements in the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order by mid-summer,” a statement from the agency read.
“This puts cruise ships closer to open water sailing sooner,” the agency stated.
Many major cruise lines have announced they will be requiring future guests to be fully vaccinated.
Norwegian, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean will all be resuming cruises in North America this summer with ships sailing out of the Caribbean. They didn’t need permission from the CDC because none of the ships will involve departures or stops at any U.S. ports.