The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed its warning against going on a cruise ship due to Covid-19.
The CDC website removed the warning from its website after previously dropping the warning level to level 2.
Plummeting Covid cases on cruise ships as a result of the cruise industry’s effective health protocols have meant the government agency sees no reason to warn the public against traveling on a ship as a risk for catching Covid.
The CDC last lowered the warning level to level 2 on February 15, 2022.
The CDC website now just talks about being up to date with Covid-19 vaccines before going on a cruise, and sharing its recommendations for how to keep yourself safe while traveling.
The CDC recommends anyone going on a cruise
- Check cruise line requirements for testing and/or vaccination
- Get travel insurance
- If traveling by air, check airline requirements.
- Wear a well-fitting mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.
The rest of the recommendations center around not traveling if you have or had Covid and how to protect yourself and others.
As you might imagine, the cruise industry welcomed this change by the CDC.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued a statement following the removal of the warning, “Today’s decision by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to altogether remove the Travel Health Notice for cruising recognizes the effective public health measures in place on cruise ships and begins to level the playing field, between cruise and similarly situated venues on land, for the first time since March 2020.”
“From the onset of the pandemic, CLIA’s cruise line members have prioritized the health and safety of their guests, crew, and the communities they visit and are sailing today with health measures in place that are unmatched by virtually any other commercial setting.”
This news comes at a great time because this summer Royal Caribbean Nigeria are offering an exciting experience onboard the seven star cruise ship “Wonder of the Seas” to several European cities.
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