- In the face of an unprecedented pandemic, the cruise industry resolved to make science-led, people-first decisions at every step.
- The cruise industry supports the worldwide effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19—overcoming the pandemic is critical to the long-term recovery of the industry and those who rely on it.
- In the shorter-term, cruise lines have taken steps to plan for a gradual return to operations, incorporating lessons learned and insights from scientists and medical experts to guide a multi-layered approach that encompasses the entirety of the cruise experience.
- Since last July, nearly 350,000 people have sailed on a variety of modified itineraries from Germany, Italy, and Greece under strict protocols that are working as intended.
- The success of these initial sailings instills confidence that the industry’s multi-layered approach works well and can be a model for resumption in other parts of the world.
- In North America, we look forward to working with U.S. and Canadian officials to chart the path ahead, including receiving technical instructions and guidance necessary to implement the specific requirements of the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing.
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