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I never write about politics on this blog. However, it’s hard to ignore a case when politics steamrolls its way into a travel situation.
According to this article, the CDC tried to extend cruise lines’ “No Sail” order to February 2021 due to the spread of Covid-19 on previous sailings. The order was set to expire at the end of September 2020, although some cruise lines have already canceled sailings into December 2020. However, it appears the White House has overruled the CDC during a Covid task force meeting. The No Sail order was extended just one month, through October 31, 2020. Cruise line representatives will be meeting with President Trump on Friday.
Is This About the Election?
At first glance, one does have to wonder if this override is to help the election. Florida’s economy benefits from cruising, and Florida is a battleground state.
On the other hand, nobody wants to see any part of the economy shut down. The sooner we can open up all parts of the economy safely, the sooner our economy can recover and grow.
However, if cruising resumes too soon and there are Covid breakouts on board, the cruising industry will suffer even more. Travelers need to have confidence that cruising is a safe way to travel, and an outbreak could cause a setback that is a costly PR nightmare.
As for me, I’m sitting on the sidelines and watching how this all plays out. My family had a cruise booked for early 2021, but we moved it to 2022. I do have a cruise booked for October 2021, but I hope to be vaccinated by then.
What do you make of this situation? Do you think that cruising will be successful if it resumes in November 2020 (just one month from now)?
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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.