UPDATE: In an interview with CNBC, the CDC reiterated that their Conditional Sail Order will remain in effect until November 1, 2021. CNBC also reported that cruise line stocks fell today after the announcement. Watch the video below for more.

In an email sent to its members, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lift the Framework for Conditional Sail Order (CSO) that was put into place back in October of 2020.

With cruising being such an important part of the travel and tourism industry and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations gaining momentum, Kelly Craighead, President & CEO, CLIA, feels that the case to restart cruising is strong.

Cruising in other parts of the world has successfully resumed, and Craighead states that this demonstrates “a return to cruising can and should occur here as well.”

Over the next few weeks, CLIA will be asking for the assistance of travel agents, port partners, suppliers, local business owners, community leaders, elected officials, cruise line personnel and more to call on Members of Congress and the Biden Administration by sharing the following:

Lift the CSO – allow cruise to be on a path to resume in the U.S. by the beginning of July 2021, which is in line with the President’s estimate for when we will be ‘closer to normal.’ Note: it will take approximately 90 days to stand-up initial ships for passenger operations.

·Successful sailings in other parts of the world demonstrate the cruise industry’s leadership and its ability to resume operations responsibly.

·Vaccines are a gamechanger. CLIA and our ocean-going cruise line members are exploring a workable approach for how to consider vaccinations once widely available, as part of robust protocols.

·The CSO does not reflect current conditions or proven effectiveness of science-led protocols supporting hundreds of thousands of passengers sailing outside of the U.S.

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