Norwegian Cruises asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

Updated: 5:41 PM EDT Apr 5, 2021

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SETTING SAIL FROM THE UNITED STATES. IT HAS SET A DATE, THE FOURTH OF JULY. STEWART: IT’S ONE OF THE BUSIEST CRUISE LINERS WHICH OPERATES OUT OF PORT CANAVERAL. THAT’S WHERE WE FIND WESH 2’S MATT LUPOLI WITH THE BREAKING DETAILS. MATT: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE’S FILING WITH THE CDC ANSWERS SOME LINGERING QUESTIONS AND PERHAPS CONFIRMS SOME ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHAT A RETURN TO CRUISING FROM THE UNITED STATES WOULD LOOK LIKE. THE BIGGEST REVELATION BEING YES, THE CRUISE LINE WILL REQUIRE 100% VACCINATION OF GUESTS AND CREW FOR ITS INITIAL RE-LAUNCH. FREE TO SET SAIL ON INDEPENDENCE DAY. THAT’S WHAT NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE IS ASKING THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. THE COMPANY SUBMITTED A PLAN IT SAYS IS CONSISTENT WITH CDC GUIDANCE ON INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. IT WOULD START A PHASED APPROACH OF CRUISING WITH SHIPS AT 60% CAPACITY. CDC OFFICIALS, THOUGH, HAVE NOT GIVEN A DATE ON WHEN CRUISES CAN RESUME. MEANWHILE, THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION, WHICH REPRESENTS MAJOR COMPANIES, INCLUDING NORWEGIAN AND ROYAL CARIBBEAN, IS CALLING ON CONGRESS TO SUPPORT A RESTART. >> WE CAN FLY TO NASSAU WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN. WE CAN GO TO BERMUDA TO SAIL ON ROYAL CARIBBEA WE CAN GO ON CELEBRITY DOWN TO ST. MARTIN. MATT: BOB COOK IS A TRAVEL AGENT WITH GO TRAVEL. HE POINTS OUT AMERICANS ARE ALREADY BOOKING CRUISES WHICH ARE SAILING FROM INTERNATIONAL PORTS. >> THEY WANT TO GO. THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO FLY. THEY WANT TO SAIL FROM THE U.S. THAT’S THE HOLD UP. MATT: HE EXPECTS OTHER CRUISE LINES WILL FOLLOW WITH SIMILAR FILINGS SOON. OFFICIALS HERE AT PORT CANAVERAL HAVE STRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE CDC ESPECIALLY IN THE , FACT NO TARGET RETURN DATE HAS

Norwegian Cruises asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

Updated: 5:41 PM EDT Apr 5, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line’s parent company wants to resume sailing from U.S. ports in July.On Monday, the company asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for permission to return to U.S. waters for the first time in more than a year, since the early days of the pandemic. Norwegian says its cruise lines will require that all passengers and crew members vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip. The company says its safety measures go beyond steps taken by others including airlines, hotels and restaurants. Norwegian plans to start U.S. cruises at 60% of capacity and raise that to 80% in August and 100% in September.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s parent company wants to resume sailing from U.S. ports in July.On Monday, the company asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for permission to return to U.S. waters for the first time in more than a year, since the early days of the pandemic.
Norwegian says its cruise lines will require that all passengers and crew members vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.
The company says its safety measures go beyond steps taken by others including airlines, hotels and restaurants. Norwegian plans to start U.S. cruises at 60% of capacity and raise that to 80% in August and 100% in September.