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CDC Allows Pathway to Resume Cruising #253885 10/30/20 06:24 PM
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I don't know how quickly it will happen but at least the CDC is moving to resume cruising.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces this framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. Considering the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide and increased risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships, a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruise ship passenger operations. CDC is establishing requirements to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to passengers and crew, prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from cruise ships into U.S. communities, and protect public health and safety. After expiration of CDC’s No Sail Order (NSO) on October 31, 2020, CDC will take a phased approach to resuming cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters.

The initial phases will consist of testing and additional safeguards for crew members.

CDC will ensure cruise ship operators have adequate health and safety protections for crew members while these cruise ship operators build the laboratory capacity needed to test future passengers. Subsequent phases will include simulated voyages to test cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk, certification for ships that meet specific requirements, and a phased return to cruise ship passenger voyages in a manner that mitigates COVID-19 risk among passengers, crew members, and U.S. communities. These phases are subject to change based on public health considerations and cruise ship operators’ demonstrated ability to mitigate COVID- 19 risk. CDC will issue additional orders as needed that will be published in the Federal Register and technical instructions that will be subsequently posted on CDC’s website.

Re: CDC Allows Pathway to Resume Cruising [Re: Tom G] #253886 10/30/20 07:37 PM
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Here’s a little more information. There will be simulated cruises with volunteer passengers.

SIMULATED VOYAGE REQUIREMENTS:

Inform volunteer passengers in writing that they are participating in a simulation of unproven and untested health and safety protocols for purposes of simulating a cruise ship voyage and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity.

All volunteer passengers must be at least 18 or older.

Written certification from a healthcare provider that the volunteer passenger has no pre-existing medical conditions that would place that individual at high risk for COVID-19

The cruise ship operator must conduct any simulation on a consensual basis and not as a condition of employment or in exchange for consideration or future reward.

Simulated voyages must include: embarkation and disembarkation procedures, including terminal check-in, on board activities, including at dining and entertainment venues, private island shore excursions, if any are planned during restricted passenger voyages, evacuation procedures, transfer of symptomatic passengers or crew, or those who test positive for SARS-CoV-2, from cabins to isolation rooms, quarantine of all remaining passengers and non-essential crew, and other activities as may be listed in CDC technical instructions and orders.

Must meet standards for hand hygiene, face coverings, and social distancing for passengers and crew, as well as ship sanitation.

Must modify meal service and entertainment venues to facilitate social distancing during the simulated voyage.

Must conduct laboratory testing of all passengers and crew on the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation as required by CDC technical instructions or orders.

Laboratory test results must be available prior to passengers embarking and prior to passengers and crew departing for their final destinations after disembarking the ship. Crew and passengers must also be laboratory tested again post-disembarkation as required by CDC technical instructions or orders. Based on public health considerations, CDC may also require additional laboratory testing of passengers and crew and reporting of results, including during a voyage.

The cruise ship operator must immediately conduct laboratory testing of any passengers and crew who report illness consistent with COVID-19 during the simulated voyage with rapid point-of-care results as required by CDC technical instructions or orders. Identified close contacts of cases must also be laboratory tested with rapid point of care results.

CDC may require the cruise ship operator to immediately end the simulated voyage and take other action to protect the health and safety of volunteer passengers and crew if COVID-19 is detected during the simulation.

AGREEMENTS IN LOCAL PORTS:

A medical care agreement between the cruise ship operator and health care entities, addressing evacuation to onshore hospitals for passengers and crew in need of care.

A housing agreement between the cruise ship operator and one or more shoreside facilities for isolation and quarantine of COVID-19 cases and close contacts, respectively, identified from the day of embarkation through disembarkation for each voyage.

Re: CDC Allows Pathway to Resume Cruising [Re: Tom G] #253893 11/02/20 07:43 PM
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With our December Splendor sailings cancelled, I wonder when they will actually be able to take guests. It looks like we have thru 2022 to use our FCC.
Jim

Re: CDC Allows Pathway to Resume Cruising [Re: jbittle] #253898 11/03/20 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by jbittle
With our December Splendor sailings cancelled, I wonder when they will actually be able to take guests. It looks like we have thru 2022 to use our FCC.
Jim


Jim, given that the order requires each individual ship to go through simulated voyages and that the cruise lines are not allowed to market cruises leaving from USA ports of longer than seven days; I am beginning to feel that our Grand Arctic Adventure is a distant memory before it even starts. Taking the order literally Regent would need to remove it from website and their brochures.

Earnings announcement next Monday afternoon followed by earnings call Tuesday morning could be real interesting.



Re: CDC Allows Pathway to Resume Cruising [Re: Tom G] #253901 11/03/20 10:08 PM
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Marc,
There's 7 months until the GA sails and a lot can happen through the winter. I've got a lot of FCC applied to that cruise so it's best for me to keep it parked there so it doesn't expire. If Regent cancels the GA my FCC will restart its 1 year availability.

Re: CDC Allows Pathway to Resume Cruising [Re: Tom G] #253922 11/10/20 06:11 PM
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Highlights from this morning's NCLH Conference Call:

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC - SOME POINTS IN U.S. CDC ORDER REQUIRE FURTHER CLARIFICATION, CO HAS NOT RECEIVED ALL TECHNICAL GUIDELINES - CONF CALL

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC SAYS BOOKINGS LAST 24 HOURS WERE BETTER THAN PREVIOUS 4 OR 5 MONDAYS, THINKS IT IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO VACCINE NEWS

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC - "WE ALL HAVE LEARNED, THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC, WAYS TO CONTROL COSTS BETTER"

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ( NCLH) CEO ON RESUMPTION - MY BEST SENSE GIVEN UNCERTAINTIES THAT WE HAVE TO WORK OUT WITH CDC, WHEN WE CAN START IS 6 TO 9 MONTHS. Edited to add: this statement is misleading; FdR actually said it would take six to nine months to get all the ships sailing.

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC - "I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE OUR ENTIRE FLEET UP AND RUNNING SOMETIME IN THE LATTER HALF OF '21"

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC - "THERE'S A CHANCE THAT, MAYBE, SOME COMPANIES CAN START THESE TRIAL CRUISES IN DECEMBER"

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC ON TRIAL CRUISES - WE THINK THOSE SAILINGS COULD START AS EARLY AS EARLY JANUARY FOR NCLH

* NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE EXEC - CO HAS EARMARKED ABOUT $300 MILLION TO ACCOUNT FOR ANTICIPATED HEALTH, SAFETY INVESTMENTS AND OTHER RELATED ITEMS




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