The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidelines for cruise lines to resume operations. Now the CDC is classifying cruising as the highest risk for getting COVID-19.
Previously, cruising was classified as a Level 3 risk by the CDC. Now they have added a new higher level to better illustrate the present risks. Cruise travel is now officially categorized as Level 4, altering their former 3-Level system to further organize different destinations and travel methods.
Here are some key points from the CDC for cruise travelers:
- CDC recommends that all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.
- Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships.
- Passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after your trip AND stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
- If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after you travel.
Most cruise lines, including Disney Cruise Line, have canceled all sailings through January or February of 2021 as they make preparations to resume sailing. It looks like those preparations may take longer than we expected thanks to this new risk level.
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