According to Travel Weekly, the cruise industry is hitting back at what CLIA called the “perplexing” decision to raise the travel warning for cruise ships to Level 4, directing Americans not to cruise.
“The decision … is particularly perplexing considering that cases identified on cruise ships consistently make up a very slim minority of the total population onboard — far fewer than on land — and the majority of those cases are asymptomatic or mild in nature, posing little to no burden on medical resources onboard or onshore,” the association said in a statement.
“No setting can be immune from this virus — however, it is also the case that cruise provides one of the highest levels of demonstrated mitigation against the virus. Cruise ships offer a highly controlled environment with science-backed measures, known testing and vaccination levels far above other venues or modes of transportation and travel, and significantly lower incidence rates than land.”
CLIA used a host of data to back its assertions, including that vaccination rates onboard cruise ships are upwards of 95% — significantly higher than the overall U.S. population which is about 62% — and that cruise is also the only industry in the U.S. travel and tourism sector that requires both vaccinations and testing for crew and guests.
“The latest data show that even with higher rates of testing, the cruise industry continues to achieve significantly lower rates of occurrence of Covid-19 — 33% lower than onshore,” CLIA said.
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