The Cruise Line International Association, which Disney Cruise Line is a member, is reporting that major cruise lines will be testing all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the United States. These cruise lines will also require masks to be worn onboard and during shore excursions.
CLIA is also calling for enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures for cruise lines. Even with these new protocols, CLIA has still put sailings on hold through October 31. The CDC also has its “No Sail” order for US waters through September 30.
With no set date for cruising to resume, a statement from CLIA indicates a return to sailing could be possible before the end of the year.
“With support and approval of regulators and destinations, cruises could feasibly begin during the remainder of 2020,” the Cruise Lines International Association statement said.
CLIA will now turn in its reopening plan to the CDC. The plan stems from steps outlined by a Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines Healthy Sail Panel. The CDC will consider the plan while it also decides whether to lift the “No Sail” order.
Disney Cruise Line has not announced its specific measures and protocols for resuming sailing, but as it’s a member of CLIA we can assume Disney will follow CLIA’s plan.
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