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CDC Lowers Travel Warning on Cruises, Says Cruising Safe for Vaccinated Travelers
CDC Lowers Travel Warning on Cruises, Says Cruising Safe for Vaccinated Travelers
CDC Lowers Travel Health Notice for Cruises Once Again, Now at Level 2
Carnival Radiance (Photo/Peter Knego)

CDC Lowers Travel Health Notice for Cruises Once Again, Now at Level 2

CDC Lowers Travel Health Notice for Cruises Once Again, Now at Level 2
Carnival Radiance (Photo/Peter Knego)

March 15, 2022

Katherine Alex Beaven
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(6:06 a.m. ET) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have lowered their COVID-19 Travel Health Notice (THN) for cruise ships, putting cruise ships a Level 2: Moderate. This is the second time in one month that the agency has lowered the THN for cruise ships.

Travel Health Notice levels from the CDC range between Level 4: Very high and Level 1: Low. Unlike the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings which categorizes risk of travel, the CDC's THN levels categorize overall levels of COVID-19. 

According to the CDC website, the "THN for cruise ship travel represents the status of the COVID-19 pandemic" at this time. The website also states that the THN levels for cruise ships are determined by relevant COVID-19 data reported from public health authorities along with COVID-19 reports from cruise ships. 

Cruise ships under the CDC's Voluntary COVID-19 Program are required to submit daily reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-like illness onboard.

The CDC also notes that Travel Health Notices are subject to change at any given time, including from the date passengers book a cruise to their actual sailing date.

The previous Level 3: High THN for cruise ships, which was dropped down from the agency's highest notice level exactly one month ago on February 15, 2022 due to declining COVID-19 cases, had also advised all travelers to be fully vaccinated before cruising. The higher Level 3 notice also suggested that any non-vaccinated travelers avoid cruise ships, and all travelers at risk for severe illness from COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should avoid cruises. 

The CDC's new and current Level 2: Moderate THN comes with the recommendation cruisers are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations before cruising. Individuals at "increased risk for severe illness" who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines are advised to continue to avoid cruise ships at this time.

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