CDC Says Everyone Should Avoid Cruise Ships for Now
At the end of October, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its months-long ban on cruise ships operating in and out of US ports. But now, as Covid-19 cases spike around the county, the agency classifies cruise travel as “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19.”
The CDC recommends that “all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.” The announcement adds that “cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.”
Passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after their trip and stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, you “should stay home for the full 7 days” the CDC says. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after you travel.
The majority of major cruise companies have already canceled voyages in US waters until 2021. But cruises have already begun operation elsewhere with reduced passenger capacity and a more limited itinerary.