2022 1st Qtr Travel and Cruise Magazine

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On Board

Travel Health Notice Removed for Cruise in the United States As sailings continue to resume around the world, the cruise industry celebrates the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for removing the Travel Health Notice that has been in place for cruise since March 2020. This is welcome news for the entire cruise community, as the decision to remove the Travel Health Notice for cruising recognizes the effective public health measures in place on cruise ships and begins to level the playing field, between cruise and similarly situated venues on land for the first time in two years.

From the onset of the pandemic, CLIA’s cruise line members have prioritized the health and safety of their guests, crew, and the communities they visit and are sailing today with health measures in place that are unmatched by virtually any other commercial setting. With nearly one hundred percent of the global cruise capacity slated to restart by the end of July, and demand for cruising remaining high, the cruise industry is on track to welcome back 30 million passengers by the end of 2023. In fact, a recent survey shows that 84

percent of respondents that have previously taken a cruise say that they will cruise again. To put that into context, 80 percent of respondents said that they would cruise again in November 2021 and 80 percent in December of 2019 (pre-pandemic). Cruise is one of the best ways to experience the world, and as the industry continue to welcome back passengers, cruise lines look forward to facilitating unforgettable vacation experiences in a way that continues to prioritize the health and safety of everyone onboard and the communities that they visit.