“Last October, CDC replaced its March 2020 “No Sail Order” with a “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order.” At the time, many in the travel industry saw it as a sign of real progress toward the resumption of cruise travel. Six months later, despite more than 170 million vaccines administered, falling infection and mortality rates in most states, political inquiry, and pressure, including a lawsuit from Florida’s Governor, the CDC has taken little substantive action and, by all appearances, maintains that cruising cannot be resumed safely.
"We find the CDC’s position singling out cruising perplexing given that nearly every other group activity one can envision - from attending sporting events to dining indoors in restaurants to visiting movie theaters and gyms, not to mention traveling by air and staying in hotels - has already resumed safely with masking requirements and social distancing protocols in place.
"With state-of-the-art medical facilities and medical staff on board, cruise lines are uniquely positioned to deal with a variety of challenges, including COVID-19. Their thorough protocols have been effective, as we have seen in both Asia and Europe, where cruising has already resumed. Out of 400,000 passengers, there have been only 50 cases of on-board infection, an exceedingly low rate, and zero fatalities. What’s more, no government assistance was needed to manage those rare instances because they were managed properly by the cruise lines and never escalated to the point of needing outside intervention.
"The CDC announced last week that those who have been vaccinated are at low risk to spread infection and can resume domestic travel as long as they adhere to social distancing and masking protocols. Why this pronouncement applies to the 1.5 million airline passengers flying every day but does not apply to those who would choose to cruise, is arbitrary and capricious. It is long past time for the CDC to issue the guidance needed to permit sailing to resume or rescind the order in its entirety, as we stated yesterday in our letter to the White House COVID-19 Recovery Team Coordinator, Jeffrey Zients.
"150,000 American travel advisors are the worldwide sales channel for the cruise industry. Accordingly, we stand with U.S. Senators Rubio, Scott, Murkowski, and Sullivan and our partners at the Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA) urging immediate action and express our support for the legal action to being taken by Governor DeSantis to immediately rescind the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order."
Image Credit: © AA
The most interesting news
Green Hotel investments to restart tourism
Destination Capital (DC) has signed a collaborative arrangement with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations to support the rejuvenation of the hotel industry.
Saudi Arabia to allow visits by fully vaccinated tourists as of August
Tourism Ministry says Kingdom will lift suspension of entry for tourist visa holders after COVID closure.
Cambodia locks down Thailand border areas over Delta variant fears
14-day lockdown in border provinces, nationwide night curfew to start Thursday midnight.
France denounces UK quarantine rules as ‘discriminatory’
UK’s decision to keep quarantine measures for travelers from France is ‘incomprehensible’, says French official.
It is a story of a town; from an exile place to jet-set resort
There are places where tourism is done right.
4Y134 Airborne: Eurowings Discover inaugural flight takes off
Eurowings Discover inaugural flight departed Frankfurt this evening, heading to Mombasa with onward flight to Zanzibar.
Qatar Airways Engages with IATA on Environmental Sustainability Training
Qatar Airways has selected the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Sustainability in Aviation Program offered in partnership between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the University of Geneva.
Spain’s 5th COVID-19 wave takes toll on hospitals and tourism
US advised even vaccinated people to avoid travel to Spain due to its high rate of contagion.
EU nations mull over boosted restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike
Despite intensive vaccination, Delta variant poses serious challenges to EU countries.
South Africa further eases COVID lockdown
Country has administered more than 6.3M vaccines, with over 10% of population receiving a vaccine dose.
Bedsonline launches native language customer service support in key markets across Europe
Bedsonline, the leading global provider of online accommodation and ancillary products exclusively for travel agents, has today launched a series of significant customer service improvements in key markets across Europe, including the provision of 24
Tourism picks up in Kenya amid COVID-19
Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa starts direct flights to Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa.
Emirates helps last-minute planners take advantage of summer travel
Airline flying close to 40 popular quarantine-free destinations.
8,000-year-old mound in SE Turkey added to UNESCO World Heritage List
With addition of Arslantepe in Malatya, the number of sites from Turkey in UNESCO’s list grows to 19.
IATA: ‘European Commission Slots Decision Out of Touch with Reality’
The Decision Damages Sustainability and Industry Recovery.
'Hagia Sophia and Chora mosques are property of Turkey'
Turkey meticulously protecting monuments in metropolis Istanbul, says Turkish Foreign Ministry.
White House: International travel restrictions to remain in place
Rising Delta variant cases keeping White House wary.
Vaccinated EU and US travelers set to skip England quarantine
Loosening of international travel restrictions will allow millions to enter UK, say officials.
TUI extends 4.7 billion euros credit lines with banks until summer 2024
TUI, 19 international banks and KfW successfully agree to extend the maturity of revolving credit facilities (RCF) totaling 4.7 billion euros until summer 2024.
Kayseri added to UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Central Turkish province with its rich cuisine entered network in field of gastronomy, says local official.