Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered the warning level for cruising. As of June 16, the level went down from a 4 (very high) to a 3 (high).
At level 4, the CDC said it was unsafe for anyone to cruise during COVID. The change from level 4 to level 3 comes as more people are getting vaccinated. Level 3 specifies the risk of cruising for non-vaccinated travelers.
The CDC lists the following as key information for travelers who are not vaccinated:
- CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide. Since the virus spreads more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships, the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high. It is especially important that people who are not fully vaccinated with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.
- Cruise passengers who are not fully vaccinated are more likely to get COVID-19, which spreads person-to-person, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships.
- People who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 1–3 days before their trip and 3–5 days after their trip.
- In addition to testing, passengers who are not fully vaccinated should self-quarantine for 7 days after cruise travel, even if they test negative. If they do not get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days after cruise travel.
Disney Cruise Line will be running simulated cruises starting at the end of the month. We are getting closer and closer to cruising resuming!