Miami. April 6. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings became the first of the major cruise lines to map out a comprehensive plan for the restoration of its operations. The strategic plan, which starts with cruises originating outside the United States this summer, came as the cruise company also sent a plan to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking for the rescinding of the current restrictions on U.S. cruises.
“We are excited to unveil our initial plans for the resumption of cruise voyages embarking outside of the U.S. with sailings to the Caribbean and Europe. In addition, we continue to plan for a resumption of cruising from U.S. ports and await further discussion with the CDC regarding our proposal for a July 4 restart to participate in America’s national opening,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “Safe and highly effective vaccines are a game changer and to create the safest environment possible, we will require all guests and crew to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”
Norwegian said that it plans to require all its passengers and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that it will also continue to implement the health and safety protocols developed by a panel of experts. As such, the company will not be accepting families or minors on its cruises at this time as children are currently excluded from the global vaccination programs. The lien further said it would initially limit capacity on its cruise ships.
Source: Maritime Executive