Cruising in the U.S. is still on hold with no real end in sight to the CDC’s no sail order. Now, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is petitioning the Biden administration to resume sailings this summer.
The CDC issued updated guidelines earlier this month but CLIA views them as “outdated” and “overly complex”. There is also no clear timeline or path forward for cruise lines to resume sailing. This differs greatly from the CDC’s approach to other travel and tourism segments.
Nearly half a million Americans depend on the cruise industry for their livelihood. Those impacted include longshoremen, ground transportation operators, travel agents, and hotel, restaurants, and retail workers, as well as the tens of thousands of businesses that service cruise ships.
According to CLIA, “The cruise community is ready to work with the CDC to adopt a new approach to resumption in the U.S. that reflects current conditions and incorporates learnings from sailings that have occurred in other parts of the world.”
If you’d like to join CLIA in urging the Biden administration and the CDC to make the resumption of cruising in the U.S. by July an urgent priority, you can do that here.
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