The Latest in Cruising

9/25/2020

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The cruise industry continues to be under a “No Sail Order” by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC’s order was set to expire on September 30th,but was extended to October 31st. During this pause on cruising, the industry has been working diligently to investigate, research and propose core elements of health protocols for the gradual resumption of cruising in North America. These various proposals were all submitted to the CDC for consideration in lifting the no sail order.

Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, recently announced  the adoption of mandatory core elements for strong health protocols to be implemented as a part of the phased-in resumption of cruising operations. Among these protocols is the requirement for 100 percent of the cruise passengers and crew to be tested for COVID-19 prior to embarkation. Masks will be mandatory for all while on board and during shore excursions where social distancing cannot be maintained. Physical distancing will be incorporated in cruise terminals, on board ships and at private islands. Ventilation strategies are being implemented to increase cleaner, fresh air quality on board ships. Additionally, each ship will have dedicated cabin capacity for isolation and other operational medical measures while aboard. The cruise lines will have prearranged private providers for shore-side quarantine, medical facilities, transportation and support.

Here at Port Canaveral a new change with the resumption of cruising will be timed arrivals for cruise passenger guests. There will be a fixed cycle that must be strictly followed in order to manage proper social distancing and gathering capacity within the terminals. We eagerly await the phased-in return of sailing and are busy preparing for the new embarking and debarking procedures through our cruise terminals!