United States Vice President Mike Pence has spoken to a number of executives from domestic cruise lines regarding the CDC’s ‘No Sail Order.’
As per Disney Cruise Line Blog’s report about the meeting:
…[the purpose was] to discuss the impacts of the Coronavirus on the cruise line industry and the maritime economy, the CDC’s No Sail Order, and the Cruise Lines International Association and Healthy Sail Panel’s proposal to resume sailing operations in a safe and responsible manner. The recommendations from the Healthy Sail Panel recently received industry-wide adoption.
Vice President Pence gave a brief overview of the current state of the No Sail Order and highlighted the shared goal of reopening the maritime economy, with a focus on the cruise line industry safely sailing again
Disney Cruise Line Blog also shared these details about what happened during the course of the cruise industry’s meeting with government officials, including Vice President and Governor Leavitt:
HHS Secretary Azar and CDC Director Redfield touched on their commitment to the collaborative effort that produced the Healthy Sail Panel’s 74 recommendations, and the Federal government’s support of the industry to safely and responsibly sail again, but cautioned that the cruise industry would have to backstop their venture to resume operations.
Governor Leavitt provided an overview of how the Healthy Sail Panel approached their report and recommendations, and emphasized that the industry was driven by producing real solutions without economic restraints, which did not result in market participants competing on safety. Leavitt indicated that the output needed to be practical and prioritized safety.
According to the White House’s report about the cruise industry meeting with Vice President Pence, these cruise line officials participated, including The Walt Disney Company’s Thomas Malzoum:
Governor Mike Leavitt (Co-Chair, Healthy Sail Panel)
-Arnold Donald (CEO, Carnival Corporation)
-Frank Del Rio (President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings)
-Richard Fain (Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Group)
-Thomas Malzoum (President, Disney Signature Experience)
-Pierfrancesco Vago (Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises)
Disney Cruise Line recently agreed to CLIA’s 100% COVID-19 testing agreement for both Guests and crew members onboard. At this time, Disney has canceled all cruises into December 2020. There are several early 2021 cruises out of the Port of San Diego currently available for booking on the official DCL website.
What do you think about the cruise industry’s latest government meeting?