Disney Cruise Line and the rest of the cruise industry can soon return to the seas.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that it will end its ‘No Sail’ Order and cruise companies can restart once they prove their protective protocols work against the ongoing pandemic.
According to the Orlando Sentinel,
“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,” reads the framework order, followed by “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.”
We await a response from Disney Cruise Line who has continues to cancel sailing and has already canceled sailings into December of this year. While the next Disney Cruise Line sailing is still scheduled to depart after December 6, it is still very unclear when Disney cruise ships will welcome Guests aboard again, especially since the CDC says cruise lines need to prove that their protocols work in order to begin sailing again.
However, the over-extended cancelations put Disney Cruise Line in a position to hopefully begin the simulated sailing and other necessary work in order to earn the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Certificate, and recommence passenger sailings. But first, its ships need to get back into U.S. waters.
According to the CDC Framework,
“Cruise ships operators with ships that have not been in U.S. waters during the period of March 14 through October 31, 2020, or who voluntarily withdrew their ships during this time period, and who wish to operate those ships in U.S. waters during the period that this framework remains in effect, must additionally submit the EDC form during (at a minimum) the 28 days preceding those ships’ expected arrival in U.S. waters and continue to submit the EDC form after the ships’ entering U.S. waters.”
The EDC is the enhanced data collection form that has been used to conduct surveillance of the pandemic among crewmembers. Having collected their fleet of ships together in France, it appears that Disney Cruise Lines will have to abide by this extra step before returning to Miami, Port Canaveral, or any of its other U.S. ports.
The standards of the framework also call for a set standard that includes matters of testing, containment, and signed agreements with scheduled ports of call.
This new cruising order could stay in effect until November 1, 2021. It appears the CDC will also let the individual cruise lines determine the capacity at which they wish to operate.
We at Inside the Magic will update our readers as soon as we hear official word from Disney Cruise Line.
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