July 19, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Court blocks Tampa judge’s order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships
- Canada lifting cruise ban on Nov. 1
- Which Cruise Lines Require a COVID-19 Vaccine?
- Cruise Lines Modify Vaccination Policies to Prohibit Vaccine Mixing
- Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean delays Hong Kong ‘cruise to nowhere’ voyage until October 5 over Covid-19 rules
- HAVE FUN. BE SAFE. COVID-19 GUEST PROTOCOLS | Carnival Cruise Lines
- I went on the first Carnival cruise to set sail in over a year. Here are 22 ways it's different from pre-pandemic cruising
- CDC Updated: Cruise Ship Color Status
- CDC July 13, 2021: COVID-19 Operations Manual for Simulated and Restricted Voyages under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order
- WHO Emergency Committee: COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Nowhere Near Finished’
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Court blocks Tampa judge’s order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships
Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations.
The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was filed at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, just minutes before a Tampa judge’s previous ruling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restrictions was set to take effect.
Canada plans to reopen its waters to cruise ships on Nov. 1.
The date effectively means that cruising won't begin in Canada until spring 2022 since the summer Alaska season and the summer/fall Atlantic Canada season will be over by November.
Also: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds 33rd call with premiers on COVID-19 response | Prime Minister of Canada (pm.gc.ca)
As the cruise industry seeks to resume operations around the world, more and more lines are introducing mandates that require some, or all, passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
But not all cruise lines have the same policies and cruise requirements vary from port to port, ship to ship, itinerary to itinerary, country to country and state to state.
There are caveats, as each line is releasing slightly different policies.
Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean delays Hong Kong ‘cruise to nowhere’ voyage until October 5 over Covid-19 rules
Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Spectrum of the Seas – Asia’s largest and newest vessel – was supposed to depart at the end of July, but had to adjust its plans to allow crew members to meet vaccination and quarantine requirements set by the Hong Kong government.
“The whole cruise resumption preparation is a lengthy process, including quarantine and vaccinations for all crew members,” a spokeswoman for the operator told the Post.
Carnival Cruise Lines
All guests should carefully review pre-booking and pre-travel health advice on our website and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website and pay careful attention to all pre-cruise communications from Carnival.
I went on the first Carnival cruise to set sail in over a year. Here are 22 ways it's different from pre-pandemic cruising.
Updated July 14, 2021
The following table lists cruise ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters that have met the requirements of the CSO. This table is updated several times a week, as needed. Last updated July 14, 2021 with EDC data submitted July 13, 2021.
CDC: COVID-19 Operations Manual for Simulated and Restricted Voyages under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order
Updated: July 13, 2021
Summary of Recent Changes
Added language that cruise ship operators must have a protocol for managing persons with COVID-19 and close contacts who are not fully vaccinated at all foreign ports of call.
Following a committee meeting, WHO released a statement that expressed concerns about highly transmissible coronavirus strains like the delta variant and concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health emergency of international concern.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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