The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given some great news to the cruise industry and passengers looking to get back on the water.
After more than a year of shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC has said cruises can resume sailing from United States ports in mid-July.
The stipulation for limited sailing is it 98 percent of its crew and 95 percent of a ship’s passengers are fully vaccinated.
“This puts cruise ships closer to open water sailing sooner,” the CDC said, via the New York Post. “CDC looks forward to continued engagement with the industry and urges cruise lines to submit Phase 2A port agreements as soon as possible to maintain the timeline of passenger voyages by mid-July.”
As a result of the news, Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Lines saw their stock price increase.
The coronavirus originated from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 32.2 million confirmed cases and 572,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.