CDC Revises COVID-19 Guidance for Cruise Ship Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its COVID-19 guidance for cruise ship travel. (Port Canaveral Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (FOX 35) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its COVID-19 guidance for cruise ship travel.

In an update published Feb. 9, the agency clarified the modifications of its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships Operating in U.S. Waters and added criteria for how the CDC determines the level for the cruise ship COVID-19 Travel Health Notice.

The new guidelines allow cruise ships operating in U.S. waters to choose to participate in the CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships, which requires participating cruise lines to report the vaccination status classification for each ship.

Ships can either be reported as “Not Highly Vaccinated” with less than 95% passengers and 95% crew who are fully vaccinated, “Highly vaccinated” with at least 95% passengers and 95% crew who are fully vaccinated but less than 95% of passengers and 95% of crew who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines or “Vaccination Standard of Excellence,” with at least 95% passengers and 95% crew who are up to date with vaccines.

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