New CDC Update on Cruise Line Travel

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Another pause for cruise sailings

"It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises".

The difference this time is that Carnival Cruise Line is putting the pieces in place ready for resuming cruises in February 2021.

What this all means is that the CDC is stating that you should avoid all cruise ship travel entirely due to the extreme risk of close person to person contact and a higher risk of rapid spread of COVID on board. Although cruise lines have been taking reservations for cruises in 2021, the prospect of taking a cruise - at least on a ship sailing in USA waters - has now, unfortunately, been pushed further back into next year. "Even if you test negative, stay home for the full seven days". Before that happens, the Carnival Horizon needs to prepare, including getting crew members back onboard from their home countries, training them on new health measures, testing new protocols on trial sailings, and much more in-line with the CDC Conditional Sailing Order.

The Government has given cruises the green light to restart once companies agree to pick up the bill if passengers have to be repatriated because of a Covid outbreak.

The latest round of cancellations affects 19 planned cruises.

Additionally, due to the uncertainty about when worldwide travel restrictions might be lifted, Princess Cruises is extending its operational pause for cruises departing in and out of Japan through to 25 June 2021.

The Threat Level 4 warning also provides information about what travelers who will be boarding ships do to protect themselves and others.

Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line's business and success.

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