I know there is a strong bias against cruising on this board, and I’m not looking to change that (although most of the negativity comes from folks who have not cruised). But, as an industry, they have been pretty much shut down. They have everything to gain by doing it right when reopening. The same thing that makes a cruise ship a ripe environment fo the spread of a contagion might actually work in their favor-a closed environment, limited interaction with the “outside world”, etc. So, several competing lines have gotten together and drafted guidelines and procedures. You can find them online but the main points are:
Taking aggressive measures to prevent SARS-CoV-2 from entering a ship through robust education, screening and testing of both crew and passengers before embarkation;
Reducing transmission via air management strategies and enhanced sanitation practices;
Implementing detailed plans to address positive infection on board, including contingencies for onboard treatment, isolation and rapid evacuation and repatriation;
Closely controlling shore excursions;
Enhanced protection for crew members.
A great emphasis on pre-board testing. The idea (obviously) if you have COVID you are not sailing, passenger or crew member. Once you are on board further mitigation including excursions in a “bubble” of sorts.
We enjoy cruising. I won’t be the first on board but I’ll be watching this with great interest.