All aboard! Well, maybe not yet, but soon.
The cruise industry was one of the first and hardest hit when COVID-19 hit America. Passengers were stranded on ships and outbreaks were common. Large cruise lines have been resting for months, waiting for Americans to get the virus under control.
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Experts said we weren’t there yet, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they were ready to put ships out to sea with the right precautions.
“This is very good news,” said travel agent and cruise expert Chuck Flagg. “I am cautiously optimistic that the cruises begin.”
The workers will be tested and will have to self-quarantine for 14 days before the cruise. There will also be a reduced capacity on the ship.
Passengers are screened before boarding and the cruise cannot last longer than seven days.
“I think you will see a lot of people booking suites and balconies,” Flagg said. “That way they at least have access to fresh air. That will be the biggest change. But as far as life on board I think it will be like shopping. You will wear your mask. You are I will be your hands often wash. You will distance yourself socially. “
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A fresh start is good news for the City of Galveston. It is a propulsion market that specializes in short cruises.
Flagg said once cruise lines get the green light, take the opportunity and follow this advice: “Book with a travel agent. Book a refundable deposit. Book out as much as you can,” he said.
Experts said cruises could start anywhere from six weeks to two months. “Test” trips are conducted to ensure that the process is running smoothly and that contingency plans are in place and effective.
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