Cruise lines around the world have been shuttered for the past year, but we now have news from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating that they can restart operations by mid-July under the organization’s most recent set of guidelines.
According to the Wall Street Journal, cruises can restart when the cruise lines state that at least 98% of the crew and 95% of the passengers are vaccinated.
This news of new regulations came out on Wednesday evening, and as of the publication of this article, major cruise lines have not yet publically reacted to the change.
The CDC will need to approve each cruise line’s safety plan, but it states that it may take just five days for them to do so.
While the CDC must still approve each operator’s safety plan, the agency says it should only take five days to do so. Cruise ports will need to develop agreements with the cruise lines as well.