The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance for cruise ship travelers this past Friday.
From August 20, 2021, the CDC recommends that people who are at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19 should avoid cruises altogether. This is regardless of vaccination status.
People Advised Against Cruise Ship Travel
Those advised against any type of cruise ship travel are persons of any age with some underlying medical conditions, people with weakened immune systems, people who take medicines which suppress their immune systems and older adults. This is because those individuals are more likely to get severely ill if they contract the virus. People who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 should also avoid travel on cruise ships.
According to the CDC guidance, recognized vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen and AstraZeneca/Oxford.
The guidance on cruise ship travel is constantly evolving. As stated on the CDC website, “the virus spreads easily between people in close quarters aboard ships, and the chance of getting Covid-19 on cruise ships is high. Outbreaks of Covid-19 have been reported on cruise ships.”
These new restrictions include all cruise ship travel, including river cruises, in the U.S. and abroad.
If you’re an individual at increased risk for severe illness and thinking about planning a trip aboard a cruise, it’s advised to consult with your trusted healthcare professional.
Please note that this new CDC guidance is only limited to cruise ship passengers, and does not rule out all styles of travel.
The Cruise Ship Industry And Its Recovery
With Covid cases rising throughout the U.S. and a highly contagious delta variant, the industry worries about threatening its recovery, after more than a year all all cruise ship travel being halted.
In an eager restart, some cruise ships set sail in the U.S. starting this past June, after 15 months of being docked due to the ongoing pandemic.
Safety Protocols For Cruise Ship Travelers
The CDC website offers some key health guidance to cruise ship travelers. It is recommended to read the following if you’re planning on going on a cruise anytime in the near future:
- Do not board the cruise ship if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, if you have Covid, are waiting for the results of a recent Covid test, or if you’ve been in direct contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 14 days (unless you’ve recovered from the virus over the past 90 days).
- Get travel insurance that covers overseas medical care and emergency evacuation just in case.
- All cruise ship travelers should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with no less than 14 days before your last dose.
- Have a negative Covid viral test result 1-3 days before leaving on a cruise ship.
- Wash your hands well, and often.
More CDC Cruise Travel Safety Guidelines
- Wear a mask in shared public spaces. Individual cruise lines may require passengers and crew to wear masks while indoors on the ship. Earlier this year, the CDC issued a Mask Order for travelers on all forms of public transportation (including cruises).
- If you feel unwell and/or are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, it is recommended to stay in your cabin and contact the onboard medical center right away.
- Get tested 3-5 days after returning from your cruise.
When planning your trip, it is recommended to read the latest guidance for each destination in which you’ll be visiting, because travel restrictions vary between regions.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories