Many industries have been hit hard after months of uncertainty, closures, and adapting to a “new normal” across the board.
As the Disney Cruise Line has extended its closures from November through the middle of December now, other cruise lines are needing to follow the same protocols put in place by the Cruise Line International Association.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD have put in place a reopening plan that involves 74 health and safety recommendations. Although the statement was created in June, the “Healthy Sail Panel” was just released and details the efforts that need to be taken on-board to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Currently, cruise ships are under a no-sail order from the CDC through the beginning of October. In order for cruise lines to begin operating again, they must provide a plan to the CDC for approval before scheduling departures. While Disney has not released their own safety report yet, the Healthy Sail Panel is currently being used by Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Silver Seas, and Azamara.
The Healthy Sail Panel notes that “Both early detection of infected individuals and risk mitigation strategies are needed in order to reduce the risk of an outbreak. No single measure is sufficient, but all should be interconnected with other measures. If one particular strategy is not as effective as expected or is not faithfully implemented, having redundant layers of protection is expected to provide additional risk mitigation. We believe that taken together, the totality of measures being recommended will enable cruise operations to resume operations prudently.”
While many cruise lines have delayed their reopenings through at least November, Disney has stated that their cruise line will be the last part of the company to open back up again. Even though departures have been pushed back towards the end of the year (if even at all in 2020), Fall itineraries for 2021 have been put in place at the moment.
As the CDC continues to update its guidelines and cruise lines everywhere make plans to reopen, we’ll keep you updated with everything you need to know!
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