Covid-19 struck hard on the cruise operations but is expected to normalize by mid-July. After fulfilling US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol and regulation as of by 28th Apr'21, Florida will witness the first sail, claims US Authorities. The heavy reliance of Florida on this multi-billion business of tourism provoked the decision to uplift the over-a-year ban on cruise operations owing to the COVID pandemic.
Emulated bypass sails with 98% of its crew and 95% of its passengers fully vaccinated are only approved, claims CDC.
Cruise giants such as Norwegian Cruises, Carnival Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruises operating in that region are asked to submit maintenance plans.
Following the CDC notice, Port Miami plans to vaccinate 900 crew members by the end of the first week of May.
'Vaccinating crew members is key to getting passenger cruises safely sailing again, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work — including tens of thousands here in our community,' Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. 'Miami-Dade County is committed to getting shots in arms and to making vaccination as accessible as possible for all, particularly the workers who power our economy.'
Port Miami to vaccinate 900 crew members following CDC norms by the first week of may and Port Canaveral, cruise shipping lines to join hands by following the same trails.
Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain referencing the CDC letter said, " It could be possible to restart cruising by mid-July." A restart would not mean an immediate relaunch into full operations, he stressed