Listen Now: Setting Sail
Cruise lines might be able to set sail, but that doesn’t mean they’re leaving port.
The No Sail Order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expired. Cruise ships are now able to sail in US waters, but the first ones to do so won’t have paying passengers. Instead they will be simulations designs to prove the crew can follow guidelines and prevent the spread of Covid-19.
However, despite the green light, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line both said they will cancel most cruises through the end of the year. In some cases, cruises into 2021 that go to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have also been cancelled.
The companies are planning to contact customers, but are also encouraging anyone with trips scheduled to contact them.
The Cruise Lines International Association says it has adopted new rules for ships that carry more than 250 passengers. That includes testing, mask wearing, enhanced ventilation and new guidelines for when people go ashore.
The open ocean might not be a bad place to be quarantined.
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