Cruise Lines International Association, the largest trade group in the industry, has introduced mandatory requirements on testing passengers for COVID-19 in an attempt to get back on the waters.
“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” said Bari Golin-Blaugrund, VP of Strategic Communications for Cruise Lines International Association.
In the USA, the CDC has stated that cruising will remain on a “no sail” order until November 1, upon which the order expires. The CDC could still lengthen that order, as they did in September when they were set to lift the order, but it remains to be seen what will happen. The cruising industry has been under a ton of stress from the pandemic, and companies are under serious pressure to begin sailing again.
CLIA represents over 95% of oceangoing cruise lines including many of the biggest names in the industry.
Though sailing could resume, some of those big names are still hesitant. Norwegian announced they won’t be sailing in November regardless of the order, and Carnival has canceled all cruises for 2021 that don’t leave out of Florida – though those could not go forward as well.