• Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
You may also like
Dismiss
CLIA Cruise Line Members to Mandate Pre-Boarding Testing For All Passengers
Costa Deliziosa Covid Testing

CLIA Cruise Line Members to Mandate Pre-Boarding Testing For All Passengers

CLIA Cruise Line Members to Mandate Pre-Boarding Testing For All Passengers
Costa Deliziosa Covid Testing

October 07, 2020

Adam Coulter
UK Managing Editor
By Adam Coulter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
(12:25 p.m. EDT) -- Members of the Cruise Lines International Association have agreed to pre-boarding COVID-19 testing on all passengers and crew, regardless of geography.
CLIA's global CEO Kelly Craighead made the announcement today at the world's biggest cruise conference, Seatrade, as "as a core element of initial resumption globally."
"I'm pleased to announce that effective today all CLIA Ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100 percent testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons -- with a negative test required for any embarkation," said Kelly Craighead, CLIA Global CEO.
"Recognising no measure in isolation is sufficient to prevent the introduction onboard of COVID-19, we see testing as an important initial step to a multi-layered approach that we believe validates the industry’s commitment to making health, safety, and the well-being of the passengers, the crew, and the communities we visit our top priority."
A statement from CLIA described the move as "a travel industry first and an example of the cruise industry leading the way".
The news will come as no surprise to US ocean lines, all of whom agreed to pre-boarding testing in a report from the Healthy Sail Panel submitted to the Centers for Disease Control last month.
However, the news appears to contradict restart plans drawn up by CLIA in the UK with the UK Chamber of Shipping just last week which explicitly do not include mandatory pre-boarding testing for passengers -- just for crew.
The announcement also did not specify what kind of pre-boarding COVID-19 testing would take place. All of the large ship lines that have resumed cruising safely -- MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and TUI Cruises -- have done with mandatory pre-boarding testing. All these lines require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding, although the timelines are slightly different.
MSC Cruises MSC Grandiosa Antigen swab test
MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises do rapid testing in the terminal, with a more thorough PCR test given if a positive result shows up. On TUI, passengers must show a negative test taken before sailing.
When asked at the time why the framework submitted to the UK government omitted pre-boarding COVID-19 testing, Tony Roberts, VP UK Princess Cruises and Chair of CLIA UK & Ireland, said:
"The framework is exactly that -- it's a framework -- and it talks about medical screening, as part of that embarkation process. The reason that it's not specific about exactly what that entails is because it's a framework document which should be based on a risk-based approach."
Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: "Today’s announcement enhances the UK Framework published by the the UK Chamber of Shipping last week, further distinguishing the cruise industry as a leader within the travel sector.
"As the scientific understanding of COVID-19 is constantly updated, the UK Framework will likewise continue to evolve to reflect those changes."
The news is moot as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office still advises against all ocean cruising and there is still no indication when that ban (which does not apply to river cruising) will be lifted. In addition, most UK cruise lines have suspended operations until next spring.
"The advice from the authorities is still not to cruise until sometime next year," said Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald speaking at a State of the Industry Panel straight after the announcement.
"We'll see if that changes over the coming weeks or months or not and I'm sure it will be dependent on their assessment of the pandemic in the UK itself."
How was this article?
Popular with cruisers like you
Protocols Employed to Contain COVID-19 Positive Cases on Costa Ship Charter

(10:55 a.m. EDT) -- Health and safety protocols developed by Costa Cruises seem to have contained a COVID-19 outbreak on a recent charter cruise, but the line has canceled a subsequent sailing on the ship, out of an abundance of caution.

The incident took place on Costa Diadema, the second ship to re-enter service on the Italian line in the COVID-19 era. The ship, which can handle 4,947 passengers during a normal sailing, had been chartered by a much smaller French tour operator for several consecutive cruises.  

The first sailing, with more than 600 charter passengers onboard, left September 28 from Genoa. The 14-day itinerary visited other Italian ports and Greece before returning to

When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

(Updated 12:32 p.m. EDT) -- With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging.

Most cruise lines voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime after being faced with port closures; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis. CLIA,the Cruise Lines International Association that represents most cruise lines, issued a further volunatary suspension in operations through October 31.

Adding to voluntary suspens

Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped Or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

(Updated 12:08 p.m. EDT) -- Faced with declining revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-10 pandemic, some cruise lines are taking an unpopular but necessary step: Selling off older vessels for scrap.

Most modern cruise ships have service lives of 40 years or more. While it is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970's and 1980's go to the breakers, older vessels are usually transferred first to another, smaller cruise operator -- a market that is often referred to as "secondhand tonnage."

It's more unusual is to see relatively young vessels head to the breakers. Yet that is precisely what is beginning to happen, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  On June 25,

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.