CDC relaxes ‘highly vaccinated’ cruise threshold: Travel Weekly

The CDC on Thursday relaxed key pandemic cruise regulations, allowing more unvaccinated adults and children to sail on ships designated as “highly vaccinated.”

Regulations now require that 90% of cruise ship passengers be vaccinated for a sailing to be considered “highly vaccinated”. That’s a 95% drop, according to the CDC’s Covid-19 program for cruise ships operating in US waters.

This 90% threshold applies to passengers aged 5 and over. Crew vaccination requirements remain unchanged at a 95% threshold.

CLIA said the decision recognizes the protective measures cruise ships have taken during the pandemic. A spokeswoman said the change is particularly notable because it will allow a cruise line to carry more families traveling with unvaccinated children.

The change came two days after the Carnival Spirit experienced a Covid outbreak while sailing the Panama Canal for 16 days from Miami to Seattle. The cruise line said most cases were asymptomatic and there were no serious health issues.

While the CDC recommends that everyone 2 and older wear masks on public transportation, such as at cruise terminals, the federal mask mandate is no longer in effect. However, port authorities and local health authorities may require the wearing of masks.