As the coronavirus continues to pose a threat to the cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released details on how they are handling the situation.

CLIA started off by reiterating that the health and safety of cruise passengers and crew was the number one priority of both the association and its member lines, which make up over 90% of ocean-going cruise capacity worldwide.

For this reason, CLIA Members have adopted enhanced protocols for guests and crew who have recently travelled from or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

These policies, which are now in effect, allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a guest or crew member will be permitted to board.
 

New Rules

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  • CLIA Members are to deny boarding to all persons who have travelled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.
  • CLIA Members are to deny boarding to all persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to Novel Coronavirus.
  • CLIA Members are to conduct preboarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected Novel Coronavirus.

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In coordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA and its member lines will continue to closely monitor for new developments related to the coronavirus and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew.

Importantly, the cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring health conditions of those onboard, with outbreak prevention and response measures in place year-round.

Furthermore, ships must be fitted with onboard medical facilities, with shipboard medical professionals available around the clock, 24/7, to provide initial medical care in the event of illness and help prevent disease transmission.