Tests, masks, temperature checks: ‘Healthy Sail Panel’ submits 74 COVID-19 cruise recommendations to CDC

It’s not news that cruising will be different when ships return to U.S. waters as cruise operators seek to ensure passengers’ safety. But the question of just what a cruise vacation will look like in the COVID-19 era has lingered during a more than six-month industry-wide pause.

But now a picture is starting to form. 

On Monday, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian’s”Healthy Sail Panel” submitted a 65-page report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the agency’s request for public comment. The CDC’s comment period closes Monday, and its current “no-sail” order is set to expire at the end of the month. Industry trade group Cruise Lines International Association has issued a voluntary suspension through Oct. 31. 

The panel’s report contains 74 recommendations to prevent the introduction and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on board cruise ships, including COVID-19 testing, face coverings and temperature checks, among others. The recommendations were also published on each cruise company’s website.

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