Sumary of Cruise lines require vaccinations, tests, amid virus surge:
- MIAMI (AP) — Joel Steckler was eager for his first cruise in more than a year and a half, and he chose the ship that just two months ago became the first to accept passengers again after a long pandemic shutdown.
- Now, the 63-year-old from Long Island, New York, is going to postpone the trip he had planned for Saturday amid new, tighter guidelines prompted by the delta-variant-fueled surge in cases and breakthrough infections.
- “You don’t want to be in a position where you are sick on a cruise and you have to fly home or somehow get home.
- ”Cruise lines have detected infections among vaccinated crew members and passengers, including in an elderly traveler who recently died.
- Last Friday, the CDC began advising travelers who are at a higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness to avoid cruises.
- In addition to the surging delta virus, the CDC changed its cruise guidelines for high-risk groups because of the close proximity of ship passengers, the limited options for care on board and the challenges of medically evacuating travelers at sea, Centers spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Tuesday.