Cruise lines can choose between vaccinations or practice voyage
May 13, 2021
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...