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CDC’s COVID-19 Cruise Guidance Becomes Optional on Saturday

CDC's COVID-19 Cruise Guidance Becomes Optional on Saturday

(NewsNation Now) — Cruise ships are no longer required to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to COVID-19.

The CDC’s current regulations, called a conditional navigation order, expire on Saturday at midnight, meaning following the CDC’s guidelines is optional for cruise ship operators.

Still, the CDC has not yet given the full green light to go on cruises. The health agency still considers cruises “high risk” and advises people to avoid cruise travel regardless of their vaccination status.

Cruise line officials have pushed this back, saying their industry follows stricter health protocols than other travel industries.

Some travelers aren’t impressed with the CDC’s recommendation, which says travel is a risk they’re willing to take.

For those who decide to go to the Seven Seas, the CDC suggests making sure they are fully vaccinated, including a booster shot, tested three to five days before and after the trip, and wear a mask that covers the nose. and mouth covered in shared spaces.

Stewart Chiron, founder of The Leisure Pros, a travel marketing company, said in a conversation with Adrienne Bankert of NewsNation on “Morning in America” ​​that cruise lines meet or exceed CDC guidelines.

“Going forward, cruise lines will continue to follow the science and improve the best and safest environment they can for cruise passengers,” said Chiron, also known as “The Cruise Guy.”

Chiron herself has completed 12 cruises in the past six months.

Most cruise lines require people to wear masks indoors, and there is plenty of space on the ships, Chiron said.

In a letter to investors last week, Royal Caribbean Group said that of the 1.1 million cruise passengers it has had, only slightly more than 1,700 had COVID-19 cases or COVID-19 symptoms.

“Everyone has been either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms,” Chiron said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.