The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its warning for cruise travel for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, lowering the warning for the first time.
- “In preparation for the restart of cruise ships, the travel health notice was updated based on modeling estimates and to align with CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated travelers,” Caitlin Shockey, a spokesperson for the CDC, told USA Today.
“CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide,” the CDC said on its website.
- “Since the virus spreads more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships, the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high,” the CDC said.
The CDC suggests people get vaccinated days before and after the trip. Unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for a week before the trip, too.
It’s unclear if cruises will require COVID-19 test or vaccine results or not. It will likely depend on each individual company.