CLIA anticipates discussions with CDC on return to sea: Travel Weekly

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Days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the cruise ship ban order for U.S. ports until September, the CLIA expressed confidence that it was on the verge to start a constructive dialogue with the agency on the resumption of navigation.

CLIA Global President Adam Goldstein said his engagement with the CDC so far has focused primarily on the health and repatriation of crew members who were still on board ships in US waters. .

So far, the CDC had not engaged in any meaningful way with CLIA and the industry about resuming service, Goldstein said, but was encouraged to start, citing the comment in the extension. No Sail Order which indicated “a willingness to exchange information and develop approaches beyond what we had seen from them before.

The CLIA was also encouraged by the fact that its voluntary suspension until September 15 was closely tied to the extension of the CDC’s no-navigation order until September 30.

“The fact that we are starting to converge makes us more optimistic about the kind of engagement we seek with the CDC as our regulator will start in the near future and will allow their experts, our experts, our operations staff , our leaders and their leaders to have the type of dialogue that will result in a safe and successful return to service, ”said Goldstein.

According to CLIA, being involved in such high-level talks with regulators in Europe has enabled the resumption of limited cruise operations in Germany and Norway.

“The EU has engaged with us quite intensively through several rounds of discussions to work on an EU orientation allowing national regulators to adopt appropriate regulations, which, in combination with our protocols, we believe that this is what put Germany and Norway in a condition to restart under the limited conditions, ”said Goldstein.

CLIA believes more European countries in the near term may also start limited cruise operations.

“It’s a reflection of one of the expectations we’ve had for a few months now – that the cruise would restart sequentially,” Goldstein said.

CLIA continues to focus on the primary source market for its members, North America, and the most popular destinations: the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda and Mexico. Goldstein said the CLIA and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association are in dialogue with destinations in North America “to work on alignment” on how they can confidently open up to cruise ship visits.

“For the North American cruise market to regenerate, two things must be true: the cruise industry needs CDC approval to resume operations inside and outside the United States,” and ports of call must accept ships, ”Goldstein said. noted. “This critical work will take time, but it is in everyone’s interest to arrive at a mutually acceptable approach.”

In what appeared to be a response to the CDC citing a lack of consensus among cruise lines and the need for additional industry-led efforts regarding the safe resumption of passenger operations, Goldstein said that over the years In the coming weeks and months, the CLIA expects to emerge with one or more policies that members will eventually sign in response to the pandemic.

“Our goal remains to emerge with a unified approach in terms of policy through the associations to which all member lines will adhere,” he said. “I can’t tell you when this will happen or the steps that will take us there. ”

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