Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to resume cruises on August 1, according to an official company announcement. The cruise industry has been at a standstill since March 13 after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a No-Sail Order due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Carnival says that eight of its 27 ships will begin cruises from ports in both Florida and Texas. All other cruise ships will remain docked at least through August 31. This announcement follows previous statements from Carnival that they would be cancelling all cruises through June 26.
The ships that will be returning include the Carnival Horizon, Magic and Sensation, all ships from Port Miami, as well as two ships from Port Canaveral outside of Orlando, including Carnival Breeze and Elation. Three ships from the Galveston, Texas, area will also be cruising, including the Carnival Dream, Freedom and Vista. For the time being, all Alaskan and Honolulu cruises will be cancelled.
This announcement comes on the heels of concerns expressed by the CDC that the cruise industry was not ready to resume business considering the ongoing pandemic. On April 9, the CDC extended its no-sail order, banning cruises until at least July 24 or until the COVID-19 crisis is declared over. It remains to be seen whether we will be in the clear by the end of July, but Carnival appears to be banking on the fact that business will be able to resume.
The CDC’s extension of the no-sail order requires the cruise companies to report to the CDC how they sanitize their ships, how they will report the number of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, how they will test for COVID-19, how they will staff their ships with enough doctors and medical equipment to handle this testing, and how they will privately transport people who are critically ill on their ships and repatriate nonessential workers. While the cruise companies have been responsive to some of these requirements, others, such as repatriating crew members, have them balking.
Cruise companies, such as Carnival, if they wish to resume business will need to properly screen passengers before boarding, which may require using fever detects, ensuring all passenger-facing crew members wear protective face masks, and frequently disinfecting common-areas on the ship every two hours.
According to Carnival’s CEO, Arnold Donald, it is much too early to determine what types of protocols need to be implemented to stop disease outbreaks on their ships. That answer may not be enough for passengers, however, before they feel safe enough to board cruise ships in the near future.
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Source: Miami Herald