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How Cruise Ships Are Setting Sail During COVID

February 11, 2021

From the Kiplinger website

Nasal swabs, temperature checks, buffet buddies. Welcome to your cruise, ladies and gentlemen. As American cruise lines anticipate opening for business again, they are doing everything they can to reassure prospective passengers that it’s safe to come aboard. It won’t be easy. Coronavirus outbreaks aboard ships last spring imprinted the image of cruises as petri dishes of disease. 

The outbreaks prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a no-sail order last March for ships carrying at least 250 passengers in U.S. waters. On October 31, the order was modified to allow a phased reopening, but many cruise lines continued suspending operations.

Still, the cruise lines have been busy. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings consulted medical and scientific experts to develop best practices for safe sailing. U.S. cruise lines are also learning from Asian and European cruises that have already set sail, and the CDC issued its own protocols. Learn more

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