Cruises and the Coronavirus – February Update

by | Feb 24, 2020 | Cruising | 0 comments

There has been much coverage of the coronavirus. To help our travel guests, we are providing the most recent information provided by the cruise industry agency, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).  In short, ships are taking multiple precautions to keep their passengers and crew healthy.  Also, with the spread of coronavirus, travel companies are relaxing cancellation and change policies. 

As of February 7, all oceangoing member cruise lines of CLIA agreed to adopt enhanced screening measures intended to address the industry’s exposure to the ongoing outbreak.

In a statement, a CLIA spokesperson said: “The health and safety of cruise passengers and crew is and remains the number-one priority of CLIA and its member lines, which make up over 90 percent of oceangoing cruise capacity worldwide.

“Given the evolving nature of the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak — and based upon prevailing guidance from global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) — CLIA Members have adopted the following enhanced protocols for oceangoing guests and crew who have recently traveled from or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau. These enhanced policies, which are in effect as of February 7, 2020, build upon those which were implemented on January 31, 2020, and continue to allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a guest or crew member will be permitted to board.”

These additional measures include:

  1. CLIA members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.
  2. CLIA members are to deny boarding to all persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to novel coronavirus.
  3. CLIA members are to conduct preboarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected novel coronavirus.

“In coordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA and its member lines will continue to closely monitor for new developments related to the coronavirus and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew.”

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