The railroad company is the first to get away from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct mock cruises with volunteer passengers beginning in June
The cruise business is the first to get away from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to run mock cruises with volunteer passengers beginning in June more than a year after an industry-wide shut down during the pandemic. It positions them closer to resuming for business.
Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship, based in Miami, will start up the test cruises on June 20, the first time a cruise ship has set sail from the U.S. since the pandemic struck last March.
Passengers ages 16 and upwards must be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing onboard Royal Caribbean. And all U.S. travelers age 12 must be fully vaccinated to journey starting Aug. 1, according to the company’s Healthy Sail Panel.
Cruise operators should adhere to the CDC’s Condition Sailing Order, which requires passengers on board the simulated cruises to consent to a health screening to assess out symptoms of COVID-19 and show evidence that they’re not at risk for contracting a severe illness if they’re subjected to COVID-19. Participants should also agree to be tested for the virus involving 3 to 5 days after the cruise.
The CDC advice was set in place in October substituting its no-sail ban using fresh health and safety protocols railroad operators should follow to guarantee passenger and crew member security onboard ships to restart voyages and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.