While theme parks and water parks have reopened, or are on track to do so, there still is one area of tourism that has remained shuttered since the pandemic was declared last March: cruise ships have stayed docked.
According to an article on WDSU News, Carnival Cruises is already looking at July for restarting cruise departures, specifically from their port in New Orleans.
We looked and found that the cruises are already up and available on their website. While July departures align with the CDC’s hope for resuming cruise operations by midsummer, there are still several factors that could prevent this from being a done deal.
The Carnival website has some Covid-19 protocols in place already but notes that these are still being finalized by the organization. While the CDC itself is requiring masks, notably absent is any language on vaccines, which other cruise lines have already made statements about.
This news of the new Carnival cruise dates follows on the heels of the news that Florida Governor DeSantis is suing the CDC in order to get the cruising industry reinstated in Florida. While the CDC has yet to comment, cruising organizations are awaiting lesser restrictions in order to resume business.
We will be sure to keep you posted if we hear any other news on when cruises might officially set sail again.
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