US Democrats ask CDC to resume its no-sail order on ship cruises

   November 15, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Two US Democrats asked the CDC agency's Director (Robert Redfield) to resume the "no-sail" order for cruise shipping on Friday, November 13, after a small COVID outbreak on a Caribbean-deployed ship.

People on several cruise ships tested positive for the virus during the beginning stages of the pandemic, causing some vessels to be placed into quarantine. In March, the Centers ordered passenger cruise lines to cease operations in order to help mitigate the worldwide spread of the novelty virus.

The order was modified in October in order to allow a phased reopening of the industry. The November cruise by Sea Dream I was the first to sail following the lift of the no-sail order. After reports that cruisers aboard the ship had tested positive, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and California Representative Doris Matsui sent a letter to Dr. Robert Redfield asking for a pause on cruises.

"As COVID-19 cases skyrocket across the country, it is unconscionable for the CDC to move forward on a plan to resume operations given the ongoing risks. While we appreciate the difficult economic situation cruise line operators face and the desire of many cruising enthusiasts to restore a sense of normalcy, the CDC must always put health and safety first to prevent further spread of this deadly virus and save lives."

The Democrats requested the no-sail order be extended until "a time when the health and safety of passengers and crew can be assured."

7 passengers tested COVID-positive on Sea Dream I. The top-luxury superyacht is currently docked in Bridgetown Barbados.

Large cruise ship companies, such as the brands of Carnival Corporation, have taken huge financial losses because of the order. In 2020-Q3, Carnival Corp reported a net loss of USD 2,9 billion.