Cruise holidays in the US remain on hold for now as cruise lines get to grips with new safety protocol. Though vaccinations have become a mandatory asset for cruise guests hoping to sail with some European lines, including P&O and Saga, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said this will not be the case for US cruises.
However, while vaccinations for guests will not be mandatory under official framework, they are “recommended”.
Port staff and crew are also advised to get their vaccine when eligible.
“As more people are fully vaccinated, the phased approach allows CDC to incorporate these advancements into planning for resumption of cruise ship travel when it is safe to do so,” the CDC stated in its updated Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO).
“CDC recommends that all eligible port personnel and travellers (passengers and crew) get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to them.”
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It is thought volunteers will opt in to help on these trail sailing before paying customers are welcomed back onboard.
Once cruise ships have prepared, they are to give 30 days notice to the CDC before departing on a test cruise…