The CDC has lifted its cruise travel warning

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(CNN) — Cruise travel no longer has a CDC Covid-19 risk warning.

While the move does not mean there is no risk of Covid-19 transmission on cruises, “travelers will make their own risk assessment when choosing to travel on a cruise ship, just as they do in all other travel environments,” the US said. centers. for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

The agency has removed the popular mode of travel from its list of travel health clearances, which is no doubt a relief for an industry that has implemented some of the travel industry’s strictest Covid-19 precautions.

Industry group Cruise Lines International Association said the move “recognizes the effective public health measures on cruise ships and begins to level the playing field between cruise and similar onshore locations for the first time since March 2020.”

CLIA said its cruise line members “are sailing today with health measures unmatched by virtually any other commercial environment.”

It also advises travelers to consult their doctor about additional precautions if they are immunocompromised or at higher risk for serious illness.

The CDC status of cruise travel has come a long way in recent months. Three months ago, on Dec. 30, it was moved to the agency’s highest-risk travel advisories, Level 4, as the Omicron variant brought a surge in cases, including a higher rate of breakthrough infections.

Cruise travel dropped to level 3, or “high” risk, in February, and then to level 2, “moderate” risk, where it was listed until it disappeared from announcements altogether on Wednesday.

Cruise Ship Precautions

Under CDC rules under a probationary order that expired in January, 95% of both passengers and crew had to be fully vaccinated to sail in most conditions, and some cruise lines have required vaccination for all passengers and crew.

After the CDC’s extended probationary order expired in January, the agency entered into a voluntary opt-in program for foreign-flagged cruise ships in U.S. waters.

The agency said Wednesday it would continue to guide the cruise industry through that program.

Top image: A cruise ship waits for people to board before leaving PortMiami in Miami, Florida, on December 31, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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