On March 30, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed its COVID-19 notice against cruise travel.
Around 2 years after the beginning of the pandemic and after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a warning scale showing the level of coronavirus transmission risk on cruise ships, the COVID-19 notice against cruise travel is henceforth removed.
While cruising will always pose some risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers will make their own risk assessment when choosing to travel on a cruise ship, much like they do in all other travel settings
…the CDC said in a statement.
According to cruise operators, the health agency was discriminating against the cruise industry, since hotels and airlines could operate with limited or no restrictions.
As for now, CDC recommends that guests should make sure they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before boarding the ships and that they take precautionary measure when onboard (e.g. wearing masks, washing hands etc.).
Recently, Australia’s federal government announced that it would lift the cruise ban on April and henceforth cruise ships can resume their operations.