CDC Updates Mask Guidance For Cruise Ships
Even as the hearings began regarding the lawsuit between the state of Florida and the CDC, we got more evidence that the agency and cruise lines are slowly working out kinks in the plan that would allow sailings to resume from U.S. ports.
On Wednesday, there were several new tweaks to the CDC guidance. Most notably, the CDC said that fully-vaccinated guests would be able to largely avoid wearing a mask while outdoors, including during extended meals and beverage service. This goes hand-in-hand with the agency’s recommendation that cruise lines do as much food service in open-air venues as possible.
The other major change finds the CDC saying that fully-vaccinated guests and crew can enjoy independent shore excursions, although they say even those guests should wear masks while indoors.
Masks Won’t Be Required on Perfect Day at CocoCay
Royal Caribbean has announced that masks won’t be required on its island Perfect Day at CocoCay this summer.
Adventure of the Seas is set to begin seven-night Caribbean cruises from Nassau in June, which will include two days at the private island. All crew and passengers over 18 will be fully vaccinated on these cruises, with kids providing a negative PCR test to sail.
New Norwegian Prima Details Announced
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced new details on its upcoming ship, Norwegian Prima.
The vessel will feature three infinity pools, as well as two glass bridges and a redesigned outdoor promenade called Ocean Boulevard. Dining options will include a variety of international flavors, from Spanish street food to Latin, Italian, and Indian fare.
During its first year in service, Norwegian Prima will sail in the Caribbean, northern Europe, and Bermuda.
Two More Carnival Ships Arrive Into Port This Week
Two more Carnival ships are arriving into U.S.. ports this week as part of an ongoing effort to get crew members vaccinated.
On Wednesday morning, Carnival Liberty arrived into Port Canaveral so that crew members that wanted the vaccine could get it. Carnival Sensation is scheduled to arrive in Mobile, Alabama on Friday for the same reason.
And last week, Carnival Vista and Breeze docked in Galveston, Texas so that its crew could also be vaccinated.