Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), the parent company of several cruise brands, has announced plans to restart trips from US ports in July.
The company has sent a letter to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating its intention to resume cruise operations with adherence to necessary protocols.
Initially, NCLH will conduct trips at a reduced capacity of 60%. The capacity will then gradually be increased, by 20% every 30 days.
All passengers and crew will be required to provide proof of having been vaccinated at least two weeks before their scheduled departure date or commencement of duties.
The cruise company added that its plan is consistent with the CDC’s recently revised guidance and will be informed by its SailSAFE health and safety programme.
NCLH president and CEO Frank Del Rio said: “We congratulate the CDC on the steps it has taken to further open travel for vaccinated Americans. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings shares the CDC’s view that vaccinations are the primary vehicle for Americans to get back to their everyday lives.
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“We believe that through a combination of 100% mandatory vaccinations for guests and crew and science-backed public health measures as developed by the Healthy Sail Panel, led by former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt and former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Dr Scott Gottlieb, we can create a safe, ‘bubble-like’ environment for guests and crew.
“We look forward to joining the rest of the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors in participating in this next phase of our recovery.”
NCLH operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
With a combined fleet of 28 ships, these brands offer itineraries to more than 490 destinations worldwide.