The odds of hopping on a cruise ship this summer continue to become slimmer and slimmer.
On Wednesday, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow cruise ships to set sail from U.S. ports this July, but it was quickly denied, according to Cruise Industry News.
The CDC says the Conditional Sail Order (CSO), which was issued in October 2020, will stay in place until November 1, 2021, meaning your plans of taking a summer cruise this year are, as of right now, canceled.
"The outdated CSO, which was issued almost five months ago, does not reflect the industry’s proven advancements and success operating in other parts of the world, nor the advent of vaccines, and unfairly treats cruises differently," said CLIA President Kelly Craighead, "Cruise lines should be treated the same as other travel, tourism, hospitality, and entertainment sectors."
Craighead says the cruise industry has continued in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific and has "successfully completed" numerous voyages with "industry-leading protocols that have effectively mitigated the spread of COVID-19."