Cruise lines can choose between vaccinations or practice voyage

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has given cruise operators a choice for returning to work: Show that at least 98% of crew and 95% of passengers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or run tests voyages with volunteer passengers to assess whether it is safe to get back to business.

The agency issued its final technical guidelines May 5 for the trial runs. The CDC action is a step toward resuming cruises in U.S. waters, possibly by July, for the first time since March 2020.

Each practice cruise — they’ll run two to seven days — must have enough passengers to fill at least 10% of the ship’s ca...


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