Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume flights from US ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to departure.
The Miami-based company said its precautionary measures far outweighed the steps taken in the travel and entertainment industry, which have already been re-launched, including airlines, hotels, restaurants and sports events.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd plans to start US shipping at 60% capacity: 80% in August and 100% in September. The Norwegian also operates Oceania Cruises և Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Shares of the company jumped 6% on Monday, including shares of competitive cruise line leasing. Shares of Carnival Corp. և Royal Caribbean Group gained approximately 5% և more than 3% respectively.
Executive Director Frank Del Rio detailed the request in a letter to Dr. Rochelle Valensky, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has blocked ports from US ports without a vessel command since March 2020, following the outbreak of several ships around the world.
On Friday, the CDC updated its guidelines, saying that fully vaccinated people can travel to the United States without having to be screened or quarantined for coronavirus. It also provided more technical details about its conventional plan to allow cruise ships in US ports, but did not say when the cruise lines could resume navigation.
Walensky warned that he would “generally oppose the general journey” given the growing number of infections.
The CDC said Monday that following the phased approach, it was “committed to working with the maritime industry’s seaport partners to resume navigation.” “It’s difficult to navigate safely and responsibly during the global epidemic,” he said, adding that he was particularly concerned about new versions of COVID-19, the agency added.