Thestreet.com wrote today, ‘the oceans have been stormy for major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines having to deal with an uncertain world since the COVID-19 pandemic began in late 2019.’
The pandemic’s impact continues as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still controls the requirements for American ports.
The CDC and cruise lines currently operate in partnership under a voluntary program.
In late March 2022, the CDC stated to check your cruise ship’s color and status classification before traveling.
And be aware that the ship’s status could change over time and may be different by the time of your cruise.
Furthermore, ensure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before enjoying your next cruise.
If you are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider about what additional precautions may be needed before, during, and after a cruise trip.
If the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading on board, cruise passengers and crew are at risk, even if they are updated with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Moreover, other vaccinations may be required depending on your ports of call.
According to the CDC, most travel vaccines need to be administered at least one month before departure to ensure maximum protection.
Check the CDC’s Domestic Travel or International Travel webpages for the May 3, 2022, recommendations for travelers.
Additional CDC suggestions are posted on this webpage.