The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday released new recommendations for cruise ship travel, and at the top of the list, quite flattering.
The government agency is currently recommending that “everyone avoid traveling on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, as the risk of COVID-19 infection on cruise ships is very high.” CDC said in a statement. It now sets the travel itinerary at “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19.”
Apparently this was a sudden change in last month or so after the CDC authorized the ‘No Boat Order’ to expire and issued a ‘Conditional Cruise Order’, informing cruises lines they could return to the water surface if certain criteria was met, including – is called a test cruise.
Most travel agencies responded by saying they would not leave after January 1, 2021, but public interest remains high.
However, in recent weeks, the pandemic coronavirus has broken out again worldwide. The United States has just set a daily high in virus-positive tests and the increase is described as “staggering.”
“It is especially important that people at risk of serious illness avoid traveling on cruise ships, including river cruises,” a new CDC warning notes. Passengers on board are at high risk of spreading human-to-human infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships. “
According to a Reuters report, data from March 1 to September 28 showed a total of 3,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19 or COVID on cruise ships and 41 deaths.
The CDC also stated that “passengers who decide to take a cruise should be checked for 3-5 days after your trip AND stay home for 7 days after the trip. Even if you have a negative result, stay home for a full 7 days. If you are not checked, it is safest to stay home for 14 days after you travel. “
Even so, it will likely have until February until passengers are allowed to take cruise ships out of US ports.