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US lifts all COVID-19 travel advisories for cruise ships

View of two cruise ships docked in Miami Bay, Florida (EFE/Giorgio Viera)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States has withdrawn the warning to citizens about the risk of contracting covid-19 on board cruise ships they have maintained for two years, a decision that was welcomed this Wednesday with joy by a sector hard hit by the pandemic.

15 days ago The CDC had lowered its warning to level two (moderate).which ranked fourth, highest, at a time when the incidence of covid-19 was higher.

In 2020, the CDC went so far as to publish a order not to sail to cruise ships departing from US ports due to numerous cases of covid-19 registered on board these tourist vessels, which translates into millionaire losses for companies.

File photo of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Miami Bay (USA) (EFE/Giorgio Viera)
File photo of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Miami Bay (USA) (EFE/Giorgio Viera)

The ban continued for 15 months. The first cruise ship to travel with passengers from the United States was the Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Edge departed Port Everglades (southeast Florida) on June 26, 2021.

Initial reactions to the withdrawal of the warning have been of satisfaction and to point out that it is the result of cruise lines’ efforts to prevent the spread of covid-19, although there have also been blame the CDC for the delay in doing so.

Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages, said he was “absolutely delighted” in statements collected by media dedicated to reporting on the cruise industry, whose main market in the world is the United States.

A health worker prepares a vaccine against COVID-19 (EFE)
A health worker prepares a vaccine against COVID-19 (EFE)

Recognition of a joint effort

“While we thought it was a long time coming, we recognize this milestone as a demonstration of all the hard work this industry has put in to ensure that we provide the safest form of transportation. It’s refreshing to see them acknowledging where we are and clearly where our consumers are looking at the huge increase in demand we’ve seen.”

This decision “recognizes the effectiveness of the public health measures implemented”, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in a statement sent to the agency. EFE.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Members of the CLIA cruise line have prioritized the health and safety of their guests, crew and communities who visit and browse today with sanitary measures virtually unmatched by any other commercial environment,” he adds.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky in a file photo (EFE/Anna Moneymaker)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky in a file photo (EFE/Anna Moneymaker)

President of Holland American Line, Gus Antorcha pointed out that the CDC has taken an “important step” in recognizing the work done by cruise lines “To create a healthy environment for passengers, crew members and the communities we serve.”

The cruise industry has been one of the hardest hit by travel restrictions related to the covid-19 pandemic in the years 2020 and 2021but, according to a recent study by the agency AAA Travel, linked to the largest association of motorists in the United States, it is gaining momentum in 2022.

The study published on March 22 showed that cruise bookings made through AAA Travel in the four weeks leading up to this date doubled those of the same period last year.

In fact, a 23% of Americans plan to take a cruise ship within two yearsaccording to this study.

Anne Madison, spokesperson for CLIA, which represents 90% of companies that conduct ocean voyages, said EFE last December that By the end of July 2022, the sector will have recovered 100% of its capacity.

(With information from EFE)

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