The long-awaited instructions issued on April 2 by the CDC continues an outdated, overly complex process for resumption of U.S. cruise operations with no clear timeline or path forward and is at odds with the approach the CDC and governments in other parts of the world apply to all other travel and tourism segments in mitigating the risk of COVID-19.
Nearly half a million Americans across the country depend on a functioning cruise industry and are at risk of being excluded from participating in the economic recovery from the pandemic. Those impacted include longshoremen, ground transportation operators, travel agents, and hotel, restaurants, and retail workers, as well as the tens of thousands of businesses that service cruise ships.
The cruise community is ready to work with the CDC to adopt a new approach to resumption in the U.S. that reflects current conditions and incorporates learnings from sailings that have occurred in other parts of the world.
Please take a moment to email, call or Tweet at your members of Congress TODAY to tell them to urge the Biden Administration and the CDC to make resumption of cruising in the U.S. by July an urgent priority!