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CDC lowers travel advisory for cruise ships to Level 2

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered its travel advisory for cruise ships on March 14. This is the lowest level the agency has issued since the pandemic began and the cruise industry was suspended in March 2020. This confirms that cruising is safe. make a comeback and is a safe form of vacation.

CDC Cruise Travel Advisory Now Moderate

The cruise industry has proven it can deliver great and safe cruise vacations and is putting the pandemic aside as cases drop and more ships return to service. The CDC has again lowered its travel advisory for cruise ships, reiterating that cruising is still headed in the right direction.

the the travel advisory is now at level 2the lowest since the pandemic began and when the cruise industry suspension began in 2020. The CDC now says, “Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling by cruise ship.”

CDC Cruise Travel Notice

Just like the previous level 3, according to the CDC, “Getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect against serious illnesses, slow the spread of COVID-19, and reduce the number of new variants.”

It keeps saying in the review, “The THN for cruise ship travel represents the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. For travelers booking cruise travel now, please be aware that the tier may change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and may be different at the time of your cruise.

the the review was last updated on February 15, 2022when it was lowered from Level 4 to Level 3. At the time, the Cruise Line International Association (CDC) welcomed the news:

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to lower the threat level of travel health notices for cruise ships is a step in the right direction and recognizes the leadership and effectiveness of health and safety protocols. of the cruise industry that are unmatched by virtually any other business environment. »

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There are criteria for deciding the travel advisory for cruise ships. The main criteria are measured on the number of cumulative new COVID cases among the crew in the last 14 days. The highest travel advisory is at level 4 when there are more than 2,000 cases.

Also Read: What is the CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships?

Cruising has remained safe, with cruise lines implementing strict protocols from guidance from the CDC and health experts. Procedures are in place to deal with all cases.

More cruise ships are returning with guests on board, and cruise ships operating in U.S. waters fall under the CDC’s voluntary program. Readers can check the case status for each ship in the program on CDC Cruise ship color status page.