CDC May Allow U.S. Cruises to Resume Sailing in July

Cruise ships could resume sailing from U.S. ports by July as long at least 95% of passengers and 98% of crew members are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to new guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On April 28, the CDC sent a letter to cruise companies updating its Framework for Conditional Sailing order, which was originally issued in October 2020. The update eases a previous rule requiring cruise lines to perform test voyages before paying customers can board. It also loosens some testing and quarantine requirements.

Here are the major updates covered in the new guidance:

Cruise lines can bypass test voyages if 98% of

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