Carnival says most itineraries unchanged as CDC investigates rising number of Covid cases on cruises

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  • Carnival said on Tuesday that most of its ships’ itineraries were unchanged despite a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which has threatened to halt a recovery in the cruise industry.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified more than 85 cruise ships with Covid-19 cases, the agency said on Tuesday.

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Carnival said on Tuesday that most of its ships’ itineraries were unchanged despite a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which has threatened to halt a recovery in the cruise industry.

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However, the world’s largest cruise operator said that some destination ports are reviewing their protocols and procedures due to the rapidly spreading new version.

Several passenger and media reports, including CNN and Euronews, said authorities in some ports in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Mexico did not allow passengers to disembark from cruise ships that were carrying active COVID-19 cases.

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“Looks like my cruise this Friday is nowhere,” wrote a Reddit user late Monday on the Royal Caribbean Forum.

Carnival said on Monday it would seek an alternative destination if it was forced to cancel any port.

Royal Caribbean did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, while Norwegian Cruise Line declined to comment.

“The response of cruise lines to the substantial increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron surge is largely hit or miss,” said Miami-based maritime attorney James Walker.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also identified more than 85 cruise ships with Covid-19 cases, the agency said on Tuesday.

a ship in Among the ships is Carnival’s Cunard unit. CDC is investigating onboard COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, the CDC said 68 ships with COVID-19 cases had met their threshold for testing.

The Omicron edition has raised concerns that US health officials may impose a temporary ban on cruises, just months after US cruise operators resumed guest operations.

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