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What to Expect When Cruise Ships Sail Again - Conde Nast Traveler


If you're wondering when you can cruise again, it might be sooner than you think. As the coronavirus winds down and cruise ships work toward resuming sailings, they're tackling rigorous new safety and sanitation protocols to protect passengers and crew from future outbreaks onboard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) No Sail Order applies to cruise ships carrying more than 250 passengers and crew (with an overnight onboard stay and in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction)—and it remains in place until July 24, 2020. Impacted cruise lines (which are most) right now plan to return in August and beyond.

The CDC ban does not, however, apply to United States-flagged small-ship companies, such as American Cruise Lines, UnCruise Adventures, and American Queen Steamboat Company, many of whom plan to resume sailing with strict new protocols in late June.

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