Today, the CDC modified their COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships vaccination status classifications dropping the passenger requirement from 95% to 90%. The new language is as follow as published here (archived).
As part of CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships, cruise ship vaccination status classifications are defined as:
- Not Highly Vaccinated: ships with less than 90% passengers and 95% crew who are fully vaccinated.
- Highly Vaccinated: ships with at least 90% passengers and 95% crew who are fully vaccinated but less than 90% of passengers and 95% of crew are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
- Vaccination Standard of Excellence: ships with at least 90% passengers and 95% crew who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Cruise lines that choose to participate in CDC’s COVID-19 Program must advise CDC of the vaccination status classification for each participating ship. Ships adhering to the “Highly Vaccinated” or “Vaccination Standard of Excellence” classifications must maintain these thresholds for each voyage.
Disney Cruise Line is participating in the CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships at the Highly Vaccinated level. Currently, there are 92 cruise ships participating in the program and all 92 cruise ships are participating at the Highly Vaccinated level as of the latest Cruise Ship Dashboard based on EDC data from May 3rd.
No changes from the cruise line have been announced as a result of the CDC’s update.