Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

CDC seeks public feedback before cruises can resume

The cruise industry 'no sail' order imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will only be lifted after feedback from the public.

Before the current order expires the CDC is requesting public input on a range of issues pertaining to the safe resumption of cruises from US ports.

It put out a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments which will be accepted until 21 September.

The no sail order is set to expire on 30 September.

Any individual or organization can give feedback on any of 28 questions such as how can cruise lines prevent transmissions of Covid-19 during shore excursions and should they provide single-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms for crew members.

"This Request for Information seeks comments from the public that will be used to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships," CDC spokesperson Caitlin Shockey told USA Today.

Cruise Lines International Association supports the move.

"We welcome the CDC's request for information related to the eventual restart of cruise operations in the US and look forward to working together to determine the best path forward," it said.

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  • Schools and the Caribbean is opening, lets sail

    Schools are opening. There is no way they can keep 6ft apart and wear masks constantly. Why not have the same qualifiactions as other countries. Temperature checks, negative covid test results within 7 days of traveling. The person can decide to sail or not. There are risks everywhere and people decide if they want to take the risk or not.

    By Linda Bohrer, Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Cruise safety

    I feel it is safer cruising then packing people on a airplane and they are letting people fly. I feel at least on cruise there is ways to space self and also get fresh air. I feel the buffet is good as long as it is served to people. I think the new muster drill is a safer way also. I would sail now

    By Cindy Harper, Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • CDC request for input for return to servcie by cruise lines

    O.K. So. The CDC has asked for inputs from any source including the cruise lines themselves to make recommendations as to how to get the cruise industry back in business. The CDC is basically asking for how the industry and related entities would like this to happen. NOW is the time to put aside all differences, belly up as a unified industry, and provide a complete and detailed protocol. Including embarkation, onboard installations, and new procedures, plus new procedures and efforts involving ports of call, and proper disembarkation controls at the end of the cruise. No excuses, no more statements about how great the cruise industry is. We know that. Just focus on the issues at hand and above all do it a one voice. The CDC is not interested in 20 different cruise line points of view. With the procedure as set up by CDC it"s going to take till the end of the year even if everyone cooperates with each other. So, if the industry on behalf of its shareholders and its employees and suppliers wants to get back sailing this coming winter here is the chance to get it done. More of the same recent ostrich activity, waiting for someone to make the first move and you the industry will be lucky to get back in service by next summer. Having worked hard to develop the proper protocols for the past 3 months I will be submitting a full plan to the CDC with no personal issues to serve. I will be providing the best solutions to the many issues involved and where there are choices to consider. I ill be providing alternatives that can be considered by both the cruise lines and the CDC. However to make my list the products must first meet the specifications and proof of performance that would be expected. It will them be up to the cruise line to choose their vendor.

    By Bruce Nierenberg, Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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