Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Sea cruise ship is docked at PortMiami on March 2, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
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The trade group of the world’s largest cruise lines on Wednesday asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow a gradual resumption of travel from US ports in early July.
In a press release, the president of the International Cruise Lines Association, Kelly Craighead, argues that the CDC’s position does not reflect the current conditions of the pandemic or the accelerated launch of Covid vaccines.
Cruise lines said the early July deadline is in line with President Joe Biden’s goal of when the United States will be “closer than normal.” In his first primetime address to the nation as president, Biden said earlier this month that Americans should be able to meet in person with their friends and loved ones in small groups to celebrate the 4th of July.
With hotels, casinos and airlines beginning to see a recovery in bookings, most cruise ships are sitting idle, waiting for the CDC to make a decision on when to allow travel in the US to resume. More than 12 months have passed since. that cruise lines suspended all trips to the United States due to Covid.
“Cruise lines should be treated the same as other travel, tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries,” CLIA’s Craighead said in the statement.
While some cruises have resumed some voyages in Europe and Asia, the US continues to represent the largest market and is where the industry makes most of its profits.
Some cruise operators have been looking for alternative options to welcome customers on board, especially during the crucial summer sailing season.
Royal Caribbean announced two new voyages: one from its new home port of Nassau, Bahamas, and another from Bermuda. Both cruises will set sail in June and will not stop at any US port. Instead, Royal Caribbean will take advantage of its private island, Perfect Day CocoCay, and will also stop in Cozumel, Mexico.