CDC Discontinues COVID-19 Cruise Program
Late Monday afternoon the CDC dropped its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships.
An update on the CDC website now reads, “As of July 18, 2022, CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships is no longer in effect and this page will no longer be updated. New guidance for cruise ships to mitigate and manage COVID-19 transmission will be available in the coming days.”
What does this mean for cruise lines and its protocols? At the time of broadcast there have been no changes around testing or vaccinations.
Since January, the agency’s program for cruise ships has been optional, however, every North American cruise line opted in voluntarily.
Silversea Cruises Welcomes Crystal Endeavor Into Fleet
Royal Caribbean Group confirmed that it has acquired the former Crystal Cruises ship Crystal Endeavor.
The vessel, which isn’t even a year old yet, will join luxury brand Silversea Cruises as its fifth expedition ship, Silver Endeavour.
For guests that lost their deposits on Crystal Endeavor, Royal Caribbean Group said it is honoring them for a new booking on Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, or Silversea.
The line paid $275 million dollars for the ship — that’s a 30 percent discount, because the vessel was recently built for $375 million.
Brazil Expecting Biggest Cruise Season in a Decade
Brazil is expecting its biggest cruising season in a decade this coming fall and winter. Starting in early October, the 2022-23 season is set to be one of the longest, lasting about six months.
Three ships from Costa and five from MSC will sail from Brazil, offering a total of 160 departures with calls to Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Through mid-May, the country is expecting to see additional cruise ships from lines including Holland America, Celebrity, and Regent, making 309 calls in 45 different Brazilian destinations.