CDC sets out pathway for US cruise return
Agency lays out big caveat for cruises to begin
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has given cruise lines technical details on what they will need to do to begin operating, starting with a series of planned trial voyages.
The test cruises are seen as the first step in getting cruises out of the US back operating.
Self-service food and drink options will be unavailable and shore excursions must be part of a pre-booked, approved tour. Guests on board will have to socially distance.
However, if 98 percent of crew are fully vaccinated and 95 percent of passengers are vaccinated, a cruise operator does not need to conduct simulated sailings.
The trial cruises will be between two- and seven-days long. The CDC said that needs 30-days notice, meaning that the first cruises out of the US could begin at towards the start of June.