Axios is also reporting that the CDC requested that the No-Sail Order be extended until February 15, 2021. They ended up compromising with the White House Task Force to extend it for just one extra month. The White House argued that an extension of no cruises until the middle of February was unreasonable.
This is the third time that the CDC has extended their No-Sail Order that first went into effect in the middle of March. The order was extended in April and then again in July.
The CDC’s No-Sail Order was currently scheduled to expire today. Since cruise lines have already volunteered to cancel all October cruises, this new one month extension will not affect any sailings.
Cruise lines recently submitted their plans to the CDC for the safe restart of cruises from U.S. ports. New health protocols include testing for all passengers and crew members, reduced capacity, social distancing, masks when social distancing is not possible, extra cleaning, and safe environments for shore excursions.
MSC Cruises has seen positive results after they resumed cruises on one ship in Italy. The cruise ship is currently on it’s seventh week long cruise and the new health measures that they implemented are working well.
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have partnered together to create the Healthy Sail Panel. Carnival Corporation is also working with many world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts.
The cruise have taken recommendations from their health experts to work with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) in submitting a safe proposal for cruises to start back up.
The Healthy Sail Panel alone submitted 74 recommendations to the CDC on how they can safely resume cruises.
The CDC’s No-Sail Order applies to all cruise ships with 250 or more passengers.