The U.S. State Department modified its journey advisory for COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions on Sunday night time, saying that “U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.”
The Department additionally informed Americans who journey abroad to not depend on U.S. authorities repatriation flights as an choice ought to native authorities decide to quarantine them.
Luxury Travel Advisor reached out to the 4 greatest cruise firms—Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and MSC Cruises (their U.S. workplace in Fort Lauderdale)—for any response.
Carnival Corporation in an quick response identified that the discover was an advisory, not any restriction on cruise journey. See beneath for its full assertion and that of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. We will publish others right here as obtained.
State Department Advisory
Here is the full COVID-19 journey advisory on the U.S. State Department’s web site. The part coping with cruise journey is as follows:
“U.S. residents, significantly vacationers with underlying well being circumstances, shouldn’t journey by cruise ship. CDC notes elevated danger of an infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship surroundings. In order to curb the unfold of COVID-19, many international locations have applied strict screening procedures which have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking.
“In some instances, native authorities have permitted disembarkation however subjected passengers to native quarantine procedures. While the U.S. authorities has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in current weeks, repatriation flights shouldn’t be relied upon as an choice for U.S. residents below the potential danger of quarantine by native authorities.
“This a fluid state of affairs. CDC notes that older adults and vacationers with underlying well being points ought to keep away from conditions that put them at elevated danger for extra extreme illness. This entails avoiding crowded locations, avoiding non-essential journey corresponding to lengthy airplane journeys, and particularly avoiding embarking on cruise ships.
“Passengers with plans to journey by cruise ship ought to contact their cruise line firms straight for additional info and proceed to observe the Travel.state.gov web site and see the newest info from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html.”
Cruise Line Responses
Here is Carnival Corp.’s full assertion: “While advisories have been been issued, no restrictions are in place for many who select to take a cruise. Our manufacturers have enhanced their well being screening protocols, which incorporates thermal scans, temperature checks in addition to different actions, each previous to boarding and onboard our ships.
“We are currently in discussions with the CDC, World Health Organization and other health officials, and we met as a cruise industry Saturday, March 7, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on an aggressive industry-wide response plan. The health and safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority, and cruising remains one of the most attractive vacation options available.”
Following that assembly over the weekend in South Florida with high cruise business leaders, Vice President Pence informed the media that further particulars of a response plan can be coming early this week.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s assertion referred to that and mentioned the next: “We are staying centered on improvement of an aggressive, responsive plan as agreed to through the assembly with Vice President Pence that goes past the already considerably enhanced protocols in place, which we imagine are a mannequin for others.
“We thank the Vice President for a productive assembly marked by our shared deal with public well being. We have dedicated to do much more to guard our company, our crew and the communities the place we sail. This consists of extra stringent boarding procedures, including further onboard medical sources and temperature screenings at embarkation.
“We will also develop industry funded protocols to care for guests on land in the event of an incident to eliminate future incidents of onboard quarantine. We are pleased to know the government agencies are prepared to work with us in developing these aggressive new measures. We expect to report back this week with further details of this enhanced approach to protecting public health.”
This article initially appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.