CDC Removes COVID-19 Risk Advisory For Cruises

The Centers for Disease Control has removed its COVID-19 Cruise Ship Travel Health Notice (THN).

It is important to note to all those considering traveling on a cruise ship, the CDC believes there is still a risk of contracting COVID-19. However, the agency believes travelers can make their own risk assessment.

The CDC will continue to provide guidance to the cruise ship industry to make sure the environment is safe for travelers and crew members.

“Cruise ship travelers should make sure they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before cruise ship travel and follow their cruise ship’s requirements and recommendations,” the CDC said in a statement.

In addition, travelers have additional resources to review before their trip.

“CDC also recommends that travelers check their cruise ship’s color code and vaccination status classification before traveling on a cruise ship for information about COVID-19 cases reported for each ship in the program, whether an investigation is needed, additional public health measures a ship is taking, and whether a ship has opted out of the program,” the CDC stated.

The Cruise Lines International Association is thankful for the CDC’s update.  The agency believes the change “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.”


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