Just a day after the USA's CDC agency required the public to avoid ship cruising for the time being due to a surge in COVID cases, another liner arrived in San Diego (California USA).
The CDC on Thursday suggested vacationers stay off cruise ships regardless of their vaccine status, with the agency’s guidance coming as the omicron variant spreads across the country.
The CDC's update said:
"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."
On Friday, the Princess Cruises' ship Ruby Princess docked at Embarcadero Terminal for the day after arriving from Bay Area. Passengers were allowed to disembark.
The arrival of Ruby Princess comes a few days after a HAL-Holland America ship pulled into the port of San Diego. The liner was supposed to make a final call in Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco, Mexico) but was turned away due to a COVID outbreak onboard. Officials said 21 crew had tested positive, but all had been mild cases.