On-board testing compulsory
AN update to the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order has mandated all cruise lines must have the on-board capability to test all symptomatic passengers and crew members for COVID-19.
During November, the CDC also upped its alert level for cruising to Level 4, warning travellers that going on a cruise risks “a very high level of COVID-19”.
HAL suspends US sales
The CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing also caused some hiccups for cruise lines, with the order banning operators from sailing or offering to sail an itinerary longer than seven days.
The stipulation has led Holland America Line to suspend all sales of cruises eight days and longer than stop in a US port, departing before 1 November 2021.
The rule has also led to Princess Cruises pausing all operations longer than seven days sailing out of the US until November 2021.
Changes in cruise constorium space
There have been a number of shake-ups in the cruise consortium arena, with Creative Cruising launching a membership group off-shoot called Cruise Spirit, while Cruiseco was acquired by Helloworld.
Cruise Spirit’s rise poses a clear challenge to the long-established Cruiseco, and gives agents an independent option, although Helloworld has promised to continue working with all current Cruiseco members.