Visit https://beta.regulations.gov/document/CDC-2020-0087-0001 for information on filing your comments on the CDC Cruise Ship Planning request. You have until September 21, 2020.
Reading the questions and reading between the lines, you begin to realize that somebody at the CDC HATES cruise ships. The amount of questions about what cruise ship operators should do, and the amount of money they should spend just shows a prejudice in favor of all other modes of transportation.
The CDC decided this week to remove a number of restrictions on air travel (see here.) There was never a “no-fly” order. So, if airlines can just provide “education” to their passengers, how is it fair that cruise lines are responsible for all COVID-19 cases that came to light on a ship?
The usual comments against cruising is that it’s not necessary. Neither is air travel. Heard of Zoom lately?
Part of my comments were driven by thinking about all of the transportation required for me personally to go on a cruise. I wanted to share that, and let others think about how likely it is that outbreaks spontaneously happen only on cruise ships.
My wife and I live in Dallas. If we sail from PortMiami for a seven-day cruise, we will fly in the day before. So, prior to boarding the ship, we will
- Take a cab or Uber to DFW or Love Field
- Be inside an international airport terminal
- Be inside an airplane for almost two hours (with recirculated air)
- Be inside another international airport terminal (Miami or Fort Lauderdale)
- Take a cab or Uber to the hotel
- Be inside a hotel lobby
- Be inside a hotel room
- Visit a restaurant
- Take a cab or Uber to PortMiami
- Be inside the port terminal (an international port)
- Board the ship
So, there are a lot of people I will come into contact with before boarding the ship. Uber says riders and drivers must wear a mask. I know from UberEats that this is not always the case. There are no checks at airports.
Even if the cruise ship checks me immediately before departure, I could have contracted the disease (or any other disease) along the way to the ship. However, the CDC (and therefore, the masses) will blame the ship.
So, cruise travel is the problem?
Unless you hammer all of the travel industry out of existence, singling out cruise travel is patently unfair.
Please comment. Please read the instructions! There are specific questions to answer. Answer the ones you find critical to you. Use the format they request. Just posting, “Cruise now, dammit!” or “Ban cruises forever!” really doesn’t help.
It’s not the ship’s fault.