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Cruise Line CEOs Meet with White House Covid Team in Hopes of Resuming Business

CEOs of major cruise lines such as Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean met with the White House’s Covid response team as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to resume sailing this summer, according to sources close to the matter. Nevertheless, there are no concrete answers regarding the situation as of yet. 

The CDC has come under scrutiny following the update of its Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. The guidance highlights additional regulations when it comes to operations, like a 12-hour requirement for rest periods at terminals and gangways in between travelers.

During a virtual meeting on Monday, CEOs expressed their views to U.S. health officials stating that with enforced vaccinations along with negative Covid tests for all passengers, would ensure everyone’s safety onboard. An anonymous attendee, described the meeting as “encouraging.”

A spokesperson for the Cruise Lines International Association trade group told CNBC: “For the first time, industry leaders were able to highlight the unique ability of the cruise community to implement and closely manage health protocols that include rigorous screening, testing, prevention, detection, surveillance, and response procedures in a highly controlled environment across the entire cruise experience.”

The CDC and White House have yet to respond for comment regarding the issue at hand.