Every cruise ship operating from a US port has opted to join the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently announced voluntary management and reporting of COVID-19 programme.
Cruise lines had until the end of 18th February to inform the CDC of their decision.
The CDC has published an update on its website reporting that 111 cruise ships have opted to join the new programme and none had decided to pull out.
Most of the major cruise lines had confirmed separately that they had decided to join the programme.
In addition, most of the cruise ships will be operating under he CDC’s ‘highly vaccinated’ status by which, ships must have at least 95% of their passengers and crew fully vaccinated.
Some of the major cruise lines have also lifted the protocol of guests wearing face masks while on board.