Today, CDC announced, effective July 18, 2022 they are ending their COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships which has been in effect for cruise ships operating within the United States. However, at this time, Disney Cruise line is assessing the recent announcement from the CDC, but no changes have been announced on DCL’s Know Before You Go pages. It is important to understand no changes have been announced, hence the ALL CAPS TITLE.
In an updated posted on the Crusie Ship Travel During COVID-19 page, the CDC issued the following statement
As of July 18, 2022, CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships is no longer in effect. CDC will continue to publish guidance to help cruise ships continue to provide a safer and healthier environment for passengers, crew and communities going forward. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).Crusie Ship Travel During COVID-19 page (archived)
According to the FAQ referenced on the CDC website. The CDC worked closely with the cruise industry, state, territorial, and local health authorities, and federal and seaport partners to provide a safer and healthier environment for cruise passengers and crew. Cruise ships have access to guidance and tools to manage their own COVID-19 mitigation programs. Additionally, cruise travelers have access to recommendations that allow them to make informed decisions about cruise ship travel. While cruising poses some risk of COVID-19 transmission, CDC will continue to publish guidance to help cruise ships continue to provide a safer and healthier environment for crew, passengers, and communities going forward.
Additionally, the previous color-coding system under CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships depended upon each cruise line having the same COVID-19 screening testing standards, which may now vary among cruise lines. Therefore, the cruise ship color status webpage has been retired. CDC will continue to provide testing recommendations for cruise ship operators to follow and cruise ships will continue to report COVID-19 cases to CDC.How can travelers find out about COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships?
Cruise travelers have the option of contacting their cruise line directly regarding outbreaks occurring on board their ship.