CDC Has Lowered COVID-19 Alert Level for Cruise Ships

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The cruise industry is gearing up for their big return! Several US ports are preparing for destinations once again after being closed since March 2020. More good news for the cruise industry, as recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially lowered its travel alert level for cruising.

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As reported by OrlandoSentinel: “As recently as April, the CDC had placed cruise lines under a Level 4 warning, suggesting it was unsafe for anyone to take a cruise with the COVID-19 pandemic still not under control. With increased vaccinations in the nation and worldwide, though, the CDC has shifted so that cruises now fall under a Level 3 warning in an update issued Wednesday, and that warning only applies to those who have not been vaccinated. At level 3, the CDC still recommends those not fully vaccinated to avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide.”

Disney Cruise Line has opted for a test sailing approach since children under 12 years old do not have an option to get the COVID vaccine, making the CDC cruise requirements difficult to meet. Test sailings are expected to begin next month for the Disney Cruise Line, including a simulated cruise with volunteer passengers on the Disney Dream from July 29-July 1.

Are you making plans to return to the big blue with the Disney Cruise Line? Check out the new Fall 2022 itineraries which include holiday themed cruises!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.