New CDC warning: avoid sailing on ocean and river cruises


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its most stringent warning, urging Americans to avoid all cruises.

Raising the current warning from Level 3 to Level 4, the updated statement on the federal agency’s website reads: “The CDC recommends that everyone avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people at increased risk of serious illness avoid traveling on cruise ships, including river cruises. “

The disclaimer states that since cruise ship travel is generally voluntary, any planned cruise should be rescheduled to a later date. Those who still choose to take ocean or river cruises are advised to take extra precautions, including getting tested 3-5 days before their trip and staying home for 7 days after the trip.

This warning follows a recent outbreak of COVID-19 on the SeaDream I of the SeaDream Yacht Club, the first cruise ship to resume navigation in the Caribbean. Despite rigorous health and safety protocols, 7 passengers on this ship have tested positive for COVID-19.

On October 30, 2020, the CDC lifted a 7-month ban on cruising in US waters, outlining a general plan for the gradual resumption of cruise operations. To resume operations, cruise lines must obtain a COVID-19 conditional sailing certificate guaranteeing compliance with CDC standards. However, the agency noted that approval would be based on changing public health conditions. COVID-19 cases now exceed more than 58 million worldwide.



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