CDC advises 'all people' to avoid cruise ships, citing COVID risk

Andrew Cummings
November 26, 2020

The CDC raised the travel risk for cruises to Level 4, recommending all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide.

Disney Cruise Line, for example, occasionally offers fares that are similar to those of Azamara Club Cruises, but the experiences are very different: While Disney serves active, multi-gen families with young children best, Azamara is the better choice for affluent couples looking for a quietly chic experience and destination immersion.

Another pause for cruise sailings

On October 30, 2020, the CDC issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in US waters.

"We continue to carefully review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are working toward resuming operations", the company said, in a statement posted to its website.

Those who do travel on cruise ships should get tested 3-5 days after disembarking and quarantine for seven days regardless of the test result. Following the event, two Congress members called on the CDC to reinstitute its "No Sail Order" and ban cruises from US ports. Among the passengers were 62 who had been on the ship's prior cruise to Mexico, including two with symptoms of coronavirus.

"Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships".

Cruise lines are responding appropriately.

After consulting with the CDC and the Cruise Lines International Association, Royal Caribbean International extended its own no-sail order through December 30.

Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line's business and success.

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