CDC Relaxes Cruise Ship Requirements

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has loosened COVID-19 guidelines for cruise ships.

Ships with a 90% or above vaccination rate now fall into the “Highly Vaccinated” category. Previously, only vessels with a 95% or higher vaccination rate qualified as highly vaccinated.

According to the CDC, there are three vaccination classifications for cruise ships.

Ships carrying a passenger population with a vaccination rate below 90% count as “Not Highly Vaccinated.”

Though a 90% rate is now sufficient for the highly vaccinated category, it’s not the top-rated level. It allows passengers who haven’t received all relevant booster shots to count as vaccinated.

“Vaccination Standard of Excellence” is

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