Superspreader Event? CDC Tells Americans To Avoid Cruises Regardless Of Vaccination Status

CDC raised its travel warning for cruises to the highest level on Thursday


The CDC sounded the alarm on cruises Thursday amid a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide, raising its travelwarning to the highest level and telling Americans to “avoid cruise travel, regardless of vaccination status.”

“The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters on board ships, and the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you are fully vaccinated and have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose,” the CDC wrote in its new advisory.
The Celebrity Edge is moored at Port Everglades, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Celebrity Edge was the first cruise ship to leave a U.S. port since the coronavirus pandemic brought the industry to a 15-month standstill. (AP Photo/M

The federal government shut down cruises altogether at the beginning of the pandemic. Then in June, after 15 months of a no sail order, the CDC allowed cruise lines to restart trips under strict conditions.

Several dozen ships are currently being investigated by the CDC due to COVID-19 cases onboard, but the agency does not release the exact number of infections.

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