21 affected ships the CDC is monitoring for COVID-19

Upwards of 86,600 cruise passengers in the US alone potentially at risk

Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has this week updated its recommendations to assist US cruise ship travellers get home as quickly, and safely, as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a directive listed on the CDC’s website, cruise lines must now get travellers “directly to their homes via chartered or private transportation”. The site says commercial flights and public transportation cannot be used.

“Since February 2020, travellers on dozens of cruise ships have been affected by COVID-19 outbreaks. Cruise ships are often settings for outbreaks of infectious diseases because of the semi-enclosed environment and contact between travellers from many countries,” the CDC warns.

Cruise ship companies are required to also provide travellers with a surgical mask, cloth face covering or similar which must be worn during ship disembarkation, transport to any flights, the duration of the flight and when using any ground transportation until they arrive a their final destination.

The directive also pinpoints affected cruise ships that had voyages with US ports, that are under the CDC’s jurisdiction. Affected ships and their cruise dates are:

Ship name Voyage Start Date Voyage End Date
Carnival Imagination 5 March 8 March
Carnival Valor 29 February 5 March
Carnival Valor 5 March 9 March
Carnival Valor 9 March 14 March
Carnival Vista 15 February 22 February
Carnival Vista 29 February 7 March
Celebrity Infinity 5 March 9 March
Celebrity Eclipse 2 March 30 March
Celebrity Reflection 13 March 17 March
Celebrity Summit 29 February 7 March
Crown Princess 6 March 16 March
Disney Wonder 28 February 2 March
Disney Wonder 6 March 20 March
Grand Celebration 22 February 24 February
Grand Princess 11 February 21 February
Grand Princess 21 February 7 March
MSC Meraviglia 1 March 8 March
Norwegian Bliss 1 March 8 March
Norwegian Bliss 8 March 15 March
Norwegian Breakaway 29 February 7 March
Norwegian Breakaway 7 March 14 March
Pride of America 29 February 7 March
Oceania Riviera 26 February 11 March
Explorer of the Seas 8 March 15 March
Liberty of the Seas 15 March 29 March
Majesty of the Seas 29 February 7 March
Oasis of the Seas 8 March 15 March
Symphony of the Seas 7 March 14 March

(The list excludes international voyages without US ports of call.)

Combined, the 28 sailings could have been carrying upwards of 86,600 passengers, based on the berthing options of the ships.

High-profile coronavirus outbreaks on ships in other countries, including Diamond Princess in the waters of Japan, Greg Mortimer in Uruguay and closer to home, Ruby Princess, are not included in the CDC’s list.

For more details, see the CDC’s website – cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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