CDC Releases Instructions for Cruise Ships to sail again here is what you need to know in brief….

See below for the Technical Instructions narrowed down to 10 points.

After five months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its long-awaited technical guidelines for cruise ships to sail again in the United States.

On April 2nd the CDC released seven pages of regulations.  Represent a pathway for cruise lines to operate again in the United States.  Lot’s of hurdles ahead for the Cruise lines all to minimize the burden to the greatest extent possible on Federal, State, and Local government resources.

The CDC didn’t mention a start date or begin trial voyages.  Several Cruiselines, including NCL, have written to the CDC to lay out their plans for approval, asking for a July 4th, 2021 restart.  You can read Frank Del Rios’s letter using this link.

If you want to read the 7-page document from the CDC here is the link.

Alternatively here are the points:

The CDC wants cruise lines to show they can handle a COVID-19 incident.  From a quarantine, healthcare, and transportation standpoint.

  1. The CDC recommended that all port personnel and travelers (passengers and crew) receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Provide documented approval of all U.S. ports and the local health authorities where the ship intends to dock.
  3. Include a port operations component (including a vaccination), a medical care plan, and a housing component meeting the requirements.
  4. The cruise line presents to the CDC the vaccination strategies to maximally protect passengers and crew from the spread of COVID-19.
  5. Give significant embarkation screening and onboard protocols, including medical evacuation at sea.
  6. Regulations in place for disembarkation should there be an outbreak.
  7. Include medical care agreements with health care entities, addressing evacuation and medical transport to onshore hospitals for passengers or crew in need of care.
  8. Consider the potential medical care needs of travelers.  Including the capacity of local public health, port authority, hospital, and other emergency response to an onboard outbreak.
  9. The parties to the agreement must jointly consider the potential housing needs of travelers should there be an outbreak.
  10. The agreement must the sufficiency of the cruise ship operator’s shoreside housing facilities.

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