Health agency raised its travel warning for ships, advised against cruises regardless of vaccination status
The CDC is currently investigating or monitoring more than 90 cruise ships with reported COVID-19 cases on board, according to A listing on the agency’s website Which was updated on Thursday.
The CDC warned that COVID-19 spreads easily from close proximity on cruise ships and said that passengers are very likely to become infected, even if they have been vaccinated.
“It is particularly important that passengers who are at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, are on cruise ships, including river ships, around the world,” the agency said. Avoid traveling.”
For those who still decide to board cruise ships, the CDC recommends that they be vaccinated one to three days before their trip and three to five days after it ends, regardless of immunization status or symptoms. Get tested.
The CDC said that in addition to those testing guidelines, unvaccinated travelers must self-quarantine for five days after returning.
Shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
were 1.48% lower on Thursday while Carnival Corporation
The stock was down 0.79%. Shares of Royal Caribbean Group were down 0.12%.
The Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group that represents all three publicly traded companies and other businesses in the cruise industry, called the CDC’s decision “disturbing.”
The CLIA said in a statement that “cases identified on cruise ships consistently make up a very small minority of the total population—much less than on land—and most of those cases are asymptomatic or mild in nature, with very few or placing no burden on onboard or onshore medical resources.”
“While we are disappointed and disagree with the decision to desegregate the cruise industry – an industry that continues to go above and beyond in comparison with other sectors – CLIA and our oceangoing cruise line members are working collaboratively with CDC. Committed to working in the interests of public health and safety,” the group said.
“Our advanced health and safety protocols have proven to be effective repeatedly in sailing over the past year,” said Roger Frisell, spokesman for Carnival, the world’s largest cruise operator.
Representatives for Norwegian and Royal Caribbean did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Earlier on Thursday, ahead of new CDC guidance, Royal Caribbean said no cases on its ships had resulted in serious or required hospitalization. Still, the company said the Omicron version is giving potential travelers some pause.
Royal Caribbean said, “After a very strong cyber weekend, the company experienced a decline in bookings and an increase in cancellations for near-term sailings, but somewhat less than the experience with the Delta variant. “
The cruise industry was among the first to resume its operations due to the pandemic. One of the first known COVID-19 outbreaks outside China occurred on a Carnival-owned cruise ship in Japan in early February 2020.
On March 14, 2020, the CDC issued a no-sell order for cruise ships in US waters after hundreds of coronavirus infections and multiple COVID-19 deaths were reported on ships with outbreaks around the world. The CDC previously said that “cruise ship travel exacerbates the global spread of COVID-19” in justifying the order.
That directive has since been replaced by a conditional sailing order, which allows cruise ships operating under US jurisdiction to resume cruises if they agree to comply with certain health and safety requirements.