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Earlier this week, the cruise industry Healthy Sail Panel published a list of 74 protocols that cruise lines will put in place in order to start sailing again. The list is 65 pages long and includes a variety of protocols such as:
–Negative Covid tests for crew and guests prior to boarding
–Facemasks for guests and crew
–Physical distancing on board
–Cruise line sponsored excursions only
–Increased ventilation and filtration systems
You can read a summary of all 74 protocols here.
The travel industry is all abuzz with excitement that this list will finally nudge the CDC to lift the current no-sail order.
My Issue with the List
I agree with all of the recommendations from the Healthy Sail Panel. Will it be a pain in the butt to get on a cruise ship? Yes, definitely. But, I know that die-hard cruise fans will still go through the trouble to resume their favorite vacation.
My big issue with the protocols is the enforcement of the safety measures, particularly the enforcement of wearing face masks. Based on what I see in my city, people are quick to ditch the mask or wear it below the nose. I saw this happen on my flights this past summer, even though flight attendants kept repeating over the loudspeaker that masks must be worn over the nose.
When cruisers become lax with the mask wearing, I doubt that cruise employees will enforce it. Why? Because the crew depends on high survey results and high tips for survival. They won’t want to piss off guests by constantly reminding them of the rules.
So while this list of protocols looks good on paper, in practice I believe it will be very hard to implement and enforce correctly. I still plan to wait until after I get a vaccine to board a cruise ship.
What do you think of the safety protocols? Is the list enough for the CDC? Will guests comply with he mask requirements?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.