Cruise Industry Await CDC’s Decision on the ‘No-Sail Order’ This Week

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team
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While the airlines anxiously await a potential second round of government aid, another big segment of the travel world is also on pins and needles this week. The cruise industry in the U.S. remains under a No-Sail Order by the Centers for Disease Control since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the industry is hoping the Wednesday, September 30 deadline for that CDC order expires quietly. Thereafter, it can again return to the waters and conduct business. Though some cruise lines have set sail in Europe, ships carrying more than 250 guests are not allowed to cruise within the U.S. Impressively, the Caribbean’s first cruise line to resume sailing will begin November 1st with the SeaDream Yacht Club.

The airlines are set to lay off tens of thousands of employees on October 1 unless they receive an extension of the CARES Act stimulus package from March. Cruise companies just want back in the water; noted the plans for health and safety protocols set forth last week by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on behalf of all its members as well as a separate one called the Healthy Sail Plan put together by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group.

Cruise Officials Outline 74-Step Safety Plan

The Norwegian/Royal Caribbean plan consisted of government officials and infectious disease experts. Within, outlined 74 steps that the cruise lines would specifically do in order to guarantee the safety of passengers as best it could. Additionally, the CDC had sought public comment for a 60-day period; the public has since ended regarding whether the no-sail order should be lifted. The agency received thousands of responses. However, Royal Caribbean International President & CEO Michael Bayley said the process was skewed by a group of anti-cruisers that overloaded the CDC website with negative comments. As the cruise industry awaits a decision on the no-sail order, what do you think the CDC will do?
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