Carnival Cruise Line has threatened to leave US ports as the cruise industry continues to struggle to keep business afloat during the pandemic.
Carnival Cruise Line said Tuesday that it was considering moving its fleet of ships out of US ports if it cannot resume sailing from the US Once again, Fox 10 News reported.
“While we have not made plans to move Carnival Cruise Line ships out of our home ports in the US, we may have no choice but to do so to resume our operations that have been on ‘pause’ for longer. one year old, “Christine Duffy, said the president of Carnival Cruise in a statement.
Duffy said the company, which canceled the cruises through June 30, is eager to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find a “viable solution that best serves the interests of public health. “. However, as other facets of the travel industry (such as airlines) begin to rebound with more widespread vaccine availability to travelers, Carnival is requesting that cruise companies, which do not operate from US ports, Since March 2020, they are also “treated at par”. with the rest of the industry, USA Today reported for the first time.
CDC TO UPDATE GUIDANCE ‘IN BRIEF,’ IN ACCORDANCE WITH MIAMI DADE MAYOR
In October, the CDC lifted its “no sail” order after months of uncertainty for cruise companies, yet cruise lines cannot leave US ports without complying with the guidelines established by the Framework for the Order. of Conditional Navigation, which will take effect at least until November 1. According to the order, operators must take simulated trips that show how they would safely resume operations to avoid the spread of COVID-19 among passengers, among other stipulations.
CDC WILL NOT LIFT THE CONDITIONAL SAILING ORDER BEFORE NOVEMBER
The International Cruise Lines Association, a trade group representing the industry, urged the CDC to lift the Framework for the Conditional Shipping Order last month, arguing that the industry should be able to begin operating from US ports again in July.
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On Monday, Norweigan Cruise Line announced a plan to require all crew members and passengers to be fully vaccinated prior to departure. Norwegian shared the news in a letter to the CDC detailing its safety plan to resume cruises in the Caribbean and Europe in July.
Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.