CDC says cruise ships will be allowed to sail in US waters again this summer

CDC says cruise ships will be allowed to sail in U.S. waters again this summer

Business News: CDC says cruise ships will be allowed to sail in US waters again this summer.

Cruise companies will be able to set sail from U.S. ports as long as the vast majority of crew and passengers are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday in a letter to the cruise industry.

The news caused cruise stocks to surge, and for good reason. Two-thirds of Cruise Critic readers (64%) said they would book a cruise for 2021 if the CDC allowed cruises to sail from the United States starting this summer, according to a survey conducted last week by the popular cruise outlet.

The CDC also loosened some of its previous test and quarantine requirements, a big win for a multibillion-dollar industry clamoring to be allowed to sail again. from Ports of the United States.

The agency’s more dovish stance follows Alaska last week which joined Florida to sue to revoke the CDC’s mandate banning an immediate resumption of cruise operations. Major cruise lines have stopped the excursions from in the United States in March last year, when the CDC issued a “no-sail” edict that continues to ban passenger cruise ships from departing from national ports.

The actual disruption of operations has resulted in major cruise lines bleeding liquidity to date, with Royal Caribbean Cruises posting a net loss of $ 1.1 billion in the first quarter. On Thursday, Royal Caribbean chief executive Richard Fain referred to the CDC letter in an earnings call, saying the company now plans to set sail. from back to the US during Alaska cruise season, roughly May through September.

In February, Canada extended the cruise ban until February 2022, which seemed to deliver a fatal blow to Alaska’s lucrative summer cruise season. Alaska officials frantically searched for a way to avoid a second consecutive year without cruises, an industry that brings $ 1.35 billion annually to the 49th state.

Allowing multi-port deals opens the door for cruise ships to sail to Alaska without requiring a stopover in Canada, as US law would normally require for cruise ships registered in foreign countries, which means ships operated by all companies of large cruises. Normally, ships bound for Alaska depart from Seattle could spend a day in Vancouver or Victoria to meet the requirement.