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.  

What Requirements Will It Take to Cruise Again?

What Requirements Will It Take to Cruise Again?






In Episode 1 of the GPHS podcast Season 2, David Forney and Jon Schnoor discuss CDC requirements on the critical framework for conditional sailing and focus the discussion on the topic: restarting cruise operations. What requirements will it take to cruise again? They say that the cruise lines have worked very hard at developing protocols to ensure that cruising is a very healthy place to be, the CDC's guidance, the conditional sailing order, is being updated on a daily basis, and things are still changing regularly within the industry itself, with experts from all over the world coming and working together to make the changes that will lead to realizing required public health performances. In their shared expertise on cruise line public health, David and Jon guide us in understanding compliance requirements, and what is entailed in restarting cruise line operations. Happy listening!

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

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