Miami, Apr 6 (EFE) .- The cruise company Norwegian announced on Tuesday its first trips to the Caribbean and Europe starting on July 25, more than a year after the suspension of the itineraries as a result of the pandemic of the covid-19.
The first ships to set sail from its fleet of 17 ships will be the Norwegian Jade, which will make seven-day tours of the Greek islands, as well as Joy and Gem, who will do their own through the Caribbean. All of them with reduced capacity.
“All passengers sailing aboard cruise ships with boarding dates until October 31, 2021 must be fully vaccinated and have a test (for covid-19) carried out before boarding our ships,” Harry Summer reported in a statement. , President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, based in Miami, Florida, USA.
The manager asserted that the “increasing availability of the covid-19 vaccine has changed the rules of the game.”
“The vaccine, combined with our science-backed health and safety protocols, will help us offer our passengers what we believe will be the healthiest and safest vacations at sea,” he added.
Summer specified that they will evaluate the status of the covid-19 pandemic to make decisions on safety and health protocols for travel with embarkation dates from November 1, 2021.
The announcement comes a day after the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on Monday asked the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lift the new “conditional navigation order” by the covid-19, in order to be able to resume cruise travel this summer.
Last week the federal CDC updated the instructions for cruises contained in its Framework for Conditional Navigation (CSO, for its acronym in English), in force since October 30, and where they maintain the recommendation to the population not to embark for pleasure .
The updates from the CDC, which has received numerous requests to loosen restrictions placed on the cruise industry by the pandemic, has been called “disappointing” by the CLIA.
This association praised the “important advances made in the US”, which are, he said, a “model for others” in the fight with the coronavirus, but pointed out that the “new requirements are excessively onerous and, to a large extent, unfeasible. “.