The CDC has lifted its risk advisory for cruise ships in a glimmer of hope that the world is returning to pre-COVID-19 normalcy.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially dropped cruise ships from its list of travel health notices. While the agency has not denied the risk of spreading COVID-19 aboard ships, they have stated that passengers will “make their own risk assessment when choosing to travel on a cruise ship, much like they do in all other travel settings.” The CDC still recommends that travelers get the COVID-19 vaccination before setting sail.
This latest advisory is a welcome relief to the cruise industry, which was moved to the agency’s highest-risk Level 4 category just three months ago amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. In February, Cruise travel was dropped to a Level 3 and then to a Level 2, which is “moderate risk,” before it was dropped from the notices completely on Wednesday.