Last Updated on November 25, 2020 by Senior Daily Staff
U.S. cruise lines have canceled all sailings through the end of 2020 but now have cruises scheduled to resume in early January 2021.
Several major cruise lines had been scheduled to resume cruises from the U.S. in December, 2020, but after new guidance from federal authorities and the cruise line association, all December cruises were canceled.
On October 30 the CDC issued a new order titled “Framework for Conditional Sailing” which requires cruise lines to demonstrate they have met strict criteria for sanitation and safety. The CDC order states:
“During the initial phases, cruise ship operators must demonstrate adherence to testing, quarantine and isolation, and social distancing requirements to protect crew members while they build the laboratory capacity needed to test crew and future passengers.
“Subsequent phases will include simulated (mock) voyages with volunteers playing the role of passengers to test cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk, certification for ships that meet specific requirements, and return to passenger voyages in a manner that mitigates COVID-19 risk among passengers, crew members, and communities.”
Many cruise lines had planned to restart in November but all those sailings were moved out to December, and then were moved to January 2021.
The major U.S. cruise lines, including Carnival, Celebrity, NCL and Royal Caribbean, now plan to resume cruises from the U.S. in January.
For a list of upcoming cruises and pricing and other details see the links above, or visit: Cruise Direct
Cruise Line New Health Protocols
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, announced new rules for cruise lines on September 21, 2020. The new health protocols require testing of all passengers, masks while onboard, dedicated quarantine areas and other measures.
Highlights of the new cruise line rules include:
- Testing. 100% testing of passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to embarkation.
- Mask-Wearing. Mandatory wearing of masks by all passengers and crew onboard and during excursions whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Distancing. Physical distancing in terminals, onboard ships, on private islands and during shore excursions
- Ventilation. Air management and ventilation strategies to increase fresh air onboard and, where feasible, using enhanced filters and other technologies to mitigate risk
- Medical Capability: Risk based response plans tailored for each ship to manage medical needs, dedicated cabin capacity allocated for isolation and other operational measures, and advance arrangements with private providers for shoreside quarantine, medical facilities, and transportation.
- Shore Excursions: Only permit shore excursions according to the cruise operators’ prescribed protocols, with strict adherence required of all passengers and denial of re-boarding for any passengers that do not comply.
CLIA Cruise Line members will use the remainder of the year to prepare for the implementation of extensive measures to address COVID-19 safety with the guidance of outside public health experts and the CDC.
— Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) (@CLIAGlobal) November 3, 2020