Cruise Lines Submit Plan to CDC For Safe Return to Cruising

Two cruise companies have officially submitted their return-to-cruising plans to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Under the Healthy Sail Panel, which is comprised of America’s leading health experts, along with Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH),  the lines submitted 74 recommendations which focus on five key areas regarding ways to prevent infections from being brought on board and, in a worst case scenario, how to deal with any health crisis which might arise during a sailing.

Below is a link to of the highlights from the 74 recommendations. It’s worth noting that many of the suggested protocols have already been implemented (and, in essence, are currently being tested) by European lines such as MSC Cruises, Costa Cruise, and TUI Cruises, all of which have slowly begun their returns.


You can read the 66-page document on the Royal Caribbean Group website.  

Cruise Ship Construction During COVID-19

Cruise Ship Construction During COVID-19






Exploring cruise ship construction inspections during COVID-19; how plan reviews have been affected; what are some of the challenges shipyards are facing; how the travel ban has impacted shipyards with CDC not being able to travel, and how GPHS Consulting is active in continuing work with cruise ships under construction for launch or in preparation of returning to service.

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David Forney
David Forney discusses "No Sail"

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Dave is interviewed about some of the CDC's guidelines, policies, and protocols as it applies to the cruise industry.

David Forney
David Forney discusses "No Sail"

Dave is interviewed about some of the CDC's guidelines, policies, and protocols as it applies to the cruise industry.

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Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Transmission in a Skilled Nursing Facility

A medical team spanning the USA has recently released an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about asymptomatic transmission of the COVID-19 virus in patients already under care at a skilled nursing facility. Nearly two-thirds of the residents caught the virus, with over half of the COVID-positive residents showing no symptoms whatsoever. While infection-control strategies were used with the residents showing symptoms, it appears that those who were asymptomatic may have contributed to rapid and widespread transmission of the virus.

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This article was originally published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Centers for disease Control and Prevention

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Public health on ships has long been carried out in the framework of the CDC’s United States Public Health, Vessel Sanitation Program.

100 Years Since 1918: Are we Ready for the Next Pandemic?

A video commemorating 100 Years since the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The 1918 Flu Pandemic was a historic global event that killed more people than World War I, II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. It is one of the most devastating health events in recorded world history.

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Permission granted by CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)​

World Health organization

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the official global reference on standardizing the sanitary measures taken onboard ships, to safeguard the health of travelers, and to prevent the spread of infection from one country to another.

Our World in Data has been tracking COVID-19 deaths in countries aroiund the world. See the most recent data here:


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