CDC allows No-Sail Order to expire and will open the door for resuming cruise ship operations

24 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Welcome news for Disney Cruise Line today as the CDC announces that it will let the No-Sail Order expire on October 31 2020.

Disney Cruise Line shutdown in mid-March 2020 as COVID-19 halted the travel and tourism industry, and it has currently suspended all departures through to at least December 6 2020. 

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The CDC says, "Considering the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide and increased risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships, a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruise ship passenger operations. CDC is establishing requirements to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to passengers and crew, prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from cruise ships into U.S. communities, and protect public health and safety. After expiration of CDC’s No Sail Order (NSO) on October 31, 2020, CDC will take a phased approach to resuming cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters."

The full release from the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces this framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. Considering the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide and increased risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships, a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruise ship passenger operations. CDC is establishing requirements to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to passengers and crew, prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from cruise ships into U.S. communities, and protect public health and safety. After expiration of CDC’s No Sail Order (NSO) on October 31, 2020, CDC will take a phased approach to resuming cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters.

The initial phases will consist of testing and additional safeguards for crew members.
CDC will ensure cruise ship operators have adequate health and safety protections for crew members while these cruise ship operators build the laboratory capacity needed to test future passengers. Subsequent phases will include simulated voyages to test cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk, certification for ships that meet specific requirements, and a phased return to cruise ship passenger voyages in a manner that mitigates COVID-19 risk among passengers, crew members, and U.S. communities. These phases are subject to change based on public health considerations and cruise ship operators’ demonstrated ability to mitigate COVID- 19 risk. CDC will issue additional orders as needed that will be published in the Federal Register and technical instructions that will be subsequently posted on CDC’s website.

This Order additionally announces requirements for the initial phases relating to crew testing. CDC considers adequate crew safeguards as demonstrated through laboratory testing for SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, an integral part of the initial phases prior to resuming passenger operations.

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Article Posted: Oct 30, 2020 / 3:06pm ET
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DCBaker16 hours ago

"Disney Cruise Line Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Alert November 23, 2020 Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Departures Through January 31, 2021 Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members. We continue to carefully review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are working toward resuming operations. As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we have decided to cancel all sailings departing through January 2021. Sailings are cancelled on board the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream through February 1 and the Disney Fantasy through February 6. Guests booked on affected sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Affected Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Guests who booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who booked directly with Disney Cruise Line and have questions after receiving their email should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797." https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

TiggerDad3 days ago

Example of how pre cruise testing is not foolproof: https://apple.news/ATEy0gDhEQI-oyCPucirx7Q

Andrew C8 days ago

So the government of Barbados forced all passengers to fly home. No quarantine on the island. No social distancing at the airport or getting on the flight. Packed flight back to the UK. Edit: those who tested positive either had to stay on the island to quarantine or book a private plane home.

Andrew C10 days ago

Yeah. I watched the earlier videos they released and it seems the line was doing everything possible. Two tests prior. All of this extra cleaning equipment. Health monitoring during the voyage, etc. But when they crossed the Atlantic and picked up new passengers in Barbados, and well, it only took 1. And towards the end of the video it seems these guys realize that... In fairness, MSC has been cruising Europe on very specific cruises and by all accounts have had no issues. Although I believe they have cut back operations a bit just recently. Tricky situation...

FuturePort8310 days ago

It's interesting to watch this vlog and see how they are surprised there could be people with covid on the ship. To me it seems inevitable given that it is out of control in so many places right now.

Andrew C11 days ago

Ahh. I was just coming here to post below Sad.

DCBaker11 days ago

Andrew C11 days ago

Sirwalterraleigh11 days ago

I’m usually guilty of snark...but that really isn’t the undertone here. My point is that cruises are simply paddling upstream (pun intended) in the current global health climate. Two months ago it looked possible...now it’s looking worse by the day. I get that they want to sail. Especially carnival, Rccl, etc there are only Cruise companies...but that are going to have bigger logistical problems as these numbers rise...and travelers are easily scared off... ...And what was the other thing???.... Hmm...right: The “hoax” claims have been irrefutably proven to be a HOAX!!!😡

ChuckElias11 days ago

I'm not sure why there's so much snark on this topic. I was simply replying to the poster who said he was concerned that services onboard a simulated sailing would suck. The person who was actually on that cruise said that the services didn't suck, and that it was pretty normal prior to the positive test.

Sirwalterraleigh11 days ago

You mean “normal” except for being canceled/diverted due to covid?

Captain Sweatpants11 days ago

Some of us are still surprisingly normal 😉

marni197111 days ago

Most of the western world was “surprisingly normal” too at the start of March.

Andrew C11 days ago

I have been following this cruise on YouTube through these gentlemen..