Royal Caribbean cruise gets CDC approval for US test cruise in June

Royal Caribbean International is the first cruise line to be approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for one of their ships Test sailing in US waters.

“CDC has provisionally approved a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to begin simulated voyages in June after applying for a simulated voyage and submitting a detailed and complete port agreement,” CDC spokeswoman Caitlin Shockey told USA TODAY Tuesday.

“After 15 months and so much work by so many in very challenging times,” said Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean International. wrote on Facebook.

The cruise line’s Freedom of the Seas ship is allowed to sail with volunteer passengers. The vaccine requirements are not mandatory for test sailing under the CDC framework for conditional sail order.

All test cruise volunteers must be at least 18 years old, but passengers do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If not, they must have written records from a healthcare provider or self-certify them, according to the CDC, they are not at increased risk of COVID-19. And all must agree to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before boarding and after disembarking, along with an agreement to be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after the cruise.

Bayley shared a picture of the letter of approval sent by the CDC. “Forward and Upward Team!”


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