MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The cruise industry might be able to resume voyages in U.S. waters this July.
In a letter from the Centers for Disease Control to cruise industry leaders, it said passenger trips could resume in July if they are fully compliant with the Conditional Sail Order.READ MORE: Hearing Held Discuss Nicolas Cruz's Upcoming Trial In BSO Employee Battery Case
“Last night, the CDC notified us of some clarifications and amplifications of their Conditional Sail Order which addressed uncertainties and concerns we had raised. They have dealt with many of these items in a constructive manner that takes into account recent advances in vaccines and medical science. Although this is only part of a very complex process, it encourages us that we now see a pathway to a healthy and achievable return to service,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“My focus has been to empower our economic engines in Miami-Dade and give our residents a safe path to return to work. I’m grateful to the CDC for engaging in ongoing dialogue with the Port and our local cruise partners about a path to safe-reopening of the cruise industry, and excited by this latest update resulting from those conversations and recommendations,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a statement.
The mayor said the county will continue to work closely with the CDC and its cruise partners for a safe restart of cruising this summer.READ MORE: Florida Sees Continued Drop In COVID-19 Inpatients
According to the Conditional Sail Order, cruise lines could skip simulated test voyages if 98 percent of crew members and 95 percent of passengers are fully vaccinated.
Last October, the CDC said cruise operators were required to conduct test sailings and apply for a certificate at least 60 days before offering passenger cruises.
They now say they will review and respond to applications for simulated voyages within five days.
The Conditional Sail Order also requires cruise lines to submit port agreements as soon as possible.MORE NEWS: Florida Faces Challenges On Sex Offender Registry
The CDC said eliminating the risk on cruises isn’t possible so the idea is to mitigate it.