The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring or investigating 92 ships for COVID-19, a factor that could add to travelers’ worries as they consider whether or not to embark on an upcoming cruise.
But the fact that the CDC is monitoring or investigating a ship does not mean there is a widespread COVID-19 outbreak on board. Even with stringent vaccination, testing and masking, among other protocols, it is fairly common for coronavirus cases to emerge among passengers and crew on cruise vessels.
While it’s not known whether COVID-19 will shut down the cruise industry as it did in March 2020, it doesn’t seem likely – even with ships under investigation for the virus.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that coronavirus continues to find its way onto cruise ships – the CDC anticipated cases on board ships since before the omicron variant emerged, in part because of the very nature of cruising.
Source: Usa Today