CruiseThe US cruise industry can look forward to returning to 100% of its fleet capacity as early as 2022.

When will cruise lines sail at full capacity again?

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The final phase of CDC’s conditional sailing order for cruise ships will come to an end in January 2022.
The final phase of CDC’s conditional sailing order for cruise ships will come to an end in January 2022. Photo Credit: It’s The Ship

After the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) announcement on 25 October regarding the extension of the conditional sailing order (CSO) for cruise ships, the travel industry is looking forward to when ships can sail again at full capacity.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) vice president Charles Sylvia said the cruise industry is moving into the “final chapter of our successful restart, as we look forward to 100% of our fleet capacity being in service by early 2022".

The updated CSO features only minor modifications and runs through 15 January 2022. “Since issuing the CSO, cruise lines have developed and implemented health and safety protocols to manage Covid-19, and resumes cruising. To continue to ensure safe cruising during Covid-19, CDC has extended the CSO to 15 January 2022,” the agency stated on Twitter.

When the updated sailing order expires, CDC officials said the agency would transition to a voluntary programme in coordination with the cruise industry to detect, mitigate and control the spread of Covid-19 onboard ships.

CDC officials said they do not view this temporary extension as imposing any new burdens or obligations on cruise ship operators when compared to the previous CSO.

“I believe the state of the cruise industry is getting stronger each day,” TheCruiseGenius.com’s Scott Lara said. “Many of my clients are calling and asking questions about vaccination requirements and booking. I’m encouraged that new ships are coming online and feel confident about the future of our industry.”

The CDC first issued a no-sail order effective 14 March 2020, after most cruise lines and CLIA voluntarily agreed to suspend cruise operations from US ports for 30 days.

The no-sail order was extended three times until a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order was issued on 20 October 2020, and modified twice before cruise ships began operating test cruises or requiring vaccination of 95% of passengers and crew.

Source: Travel Pulse



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