In a letter to US infection control authorities, the company believes that the vaccine is adequate protection against corona.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Holding has asked the US health authorities for permission to sail from US ports from 4 July. They believe that the requirement that both passengers and crew are vaccinated is sufficient precaution against corona, writes the Wall Street Journal.
In a press release, the company writes that their plan to resume sailing is in line with what the US Government Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires.
– Norwegian Cruise Line Holding shares the CDC’s view that vaccines are the most important tool for Americans to get their everyday lives back, says Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holding in the report.
He further says that with vaccine requirements and measures developed by the Healthy Sail Panel, among others, they will be able to create a safe and “bubble-like” environment for guests and crew.
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Will add billions to the economy
Royal Caribbean is scheduled to resume some trips from the Caribbean in June, according to Reuters.
The news agency writes that the cruise industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, which has resulted in large losses and declining revenues.
Del Rio of Norwegian Cruise Line Holding, says in the press release that their SailSAFE program extends beyond the guides in other travel and nightlife businesses, such as hotels, flights and restaurants, which have already been opened.
“With our ships back in operation, we will not only take back employees and thus recreate thousands of US jobs and meet the demand for cruises, but also contribute billions of dollars to the US economy when the industry resumes cruise operations,” he said in the statement.
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Introduce new reopening requirements
On Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that ship and port workers be vaccinated against corona before holiday cruises could resume sailing, but they did not set a date for when that would happen, the Wall Street Journal wrote.
Cruise ships in the United States have been waiting since October for clearer reopening guidelines, according to USA Today. They have not been able to sail in American waters for a year, according to the website.
The CDC requires cruise ships to conduct test trips with volunteers to try out new infection control rules, before they can sail with paying travelers. They also require test routines, daily reporting of covid-19 cases and the establishment of a vaccination plan for ship and port employees.
– The Covid-19 vaccination effort will be critical for a safe resumption of passenger travel, it says in a press release from the CDC.
The health authorities further pointed out that there will always be a risk involved in cruising, but that the framework in the conditional sailing order will ensure that this is done in a way that protects ship passengers, employees on ships and in ports, especially with regard to the new corona variants.
Published: April 5, 2021 20:53
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