CLIA Issues Statement on Action Announced by CDC
Cruise Lines International Association has released a disclaimer providing their views on the cruise travel advisory
Cruise Lines International Association has issued a statement referring to the CDC's decision regarding the advisory against cruise travel. We share the text below:
The CDC's decision to increase the level of cruise travel is particularly puzzling considering that the cases identified on cruise ships constitute a very small minority of the total population on board, much less than on land, and most of those cases are asymptomatic or light in nature, placing little or no burden on medical resources on board or ashore. No environment can be immune to this virus; however, it is also the case that the cruise provides one of the highest levels of mitigation demonstrated against the virus. Cruises offer a highly controlled environment with science-backed measures, known evidence, and vaccination levels well above other locations or modes of transportation and travel, and significantly lower incidence rates than on land.
While we are disappointed and disagree with the decision to highlight the cruise industry, an industry that continues to go further compared to other sectors, CLIA and the members of our ocean cruise lines remain committed to working collaboratively with CDC in your interest. public health and safety.
Additional Information :
Cruise industry protocols are unique in their approach to effectively monitoring, detecting, and responding to potential COVID-19 cases.
The protocols span the entirety of the cruise experience, incorporating testing, vaccination, screening, sanitation, mask use, and other science-backed measures.
Many of our members have announced additional measures in response to the Omicron variant, including strengthening testing, masking, and other requirements, as well as promoting booster doses of the vaccine for those eligible.
More than 100 cruise ships have returned to US waters, transporting nearly a million people from a US port since the end of June 2021.
The cruise industry is the only industry in the US travel and tourism industry that requires both vaccinations and testing for crew and guests.
Vaccination rates aboard a cruise ship are over 95 percent, significantly higher than the general population of the United States, which is around 62 percent.
In the US alone, the cruise industry administers nearly 10 million tests per week, 21 times the testing rate in the United States.
The most recent data shows that even with higher test rates, the cruise industry continues to achieve significantly lower COVID-19 occurrence rates - 33 percent lower than on land.
Based on the CDC color-coding system, a cruise ship can be determined to be "yellow" and therefore subject to CDC observation, if a threshold of 0.10 percent or more passengers (ie. , 7 out of 6500) tested positive. in the last seven days, or if only one crew member tests positive.
About the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
CLIA is the world's largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority for the global cruise community. On behalf of its members, affiliates and partners, the organization supports policies and practices that foster a safe, healthy and sustainable cruise environment, promoting positive travel experiences for the more than 30 million passengers who have cruised annually. The CLIA community includes the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a community of highly trained and certified travel agents; and mainstream industry stakeholders, including ports and destinations, ship development, suppliers and commercial services. CLIA represents 95% of the world's ocean cruise capacity, as well as 54,000 travel agents and 15,000 of the world's largest travel agencies. The organization's global headquarters are in Washington, DC, with regional offices located in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia.