CDC Drops COVID-19 Cruise Ship Travel Warning

The CDC is dropping its COVID-19 cruise ship travel warning
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dropping its COVID-19 cruise ship travel warning based on the pandemic’s current state and a decrease in coronavirus cases on cruise ships, according to spokesperson Dave Daigle.

From USA Today:

“Travel Health Notices” are issued by the CDC to inform travelers about current health issues that could impact travelers’ health such as outbreaks and natural disasters among others.

The removal of the notice doesn’t mean that the agency considers the activity to be without any risk.

“Travelers will make their own risk assessment when choosing to travel on a cruise ship, much like they do in all other travel settings,” Daigle said.

Last December, the CDC increased its travel warning for cruise ships to the highest level amid the omicron surge.

But two weeks ago, the CDC lowered its risk assessment level of cruise travel from “Level 3” to “Level 2” indicating a moderate COVID-19 risk.

Travelers should still keep up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations before traveling on cruise ships. They can also check the color code of the ship they plan to sail on which indicates the ship’s vaccination status.