Cruise Ship Conditional Sail Order Will Become Voluntary

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Conditional Sail Order will transition to a voluntary program on January 15.

The CSO outlines numerous health and safety protocols cruise lines have to follow to operate ships safely during the ongoing global pandemic.

Cruise lines operating to, from, or calling on U.S. ports, have since adhered to all CDC directives and have worked in conjunction with the organization to ensure that U.S.-based cruises can resume unimpeded.

“After the expiration of the Temporary Extension & Modification of the CSO on January 15, 2022, CDC intends to transition to a voluntary program, in coordination with cruise ship operators and other stakeholders, to assist the cruise ship industry to detect, mitigate, and control the spread of COVID-19 onboard cruise ships”