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Meet the people who can’t wait for their first time cruising post-pandemic
Some of us can’t imagine anything as terrible as a cruise. We think about being trapped in a small space. Meeting people over and over again that we really would rather not see. Friends of mine were trapped cruising in circles in the Caribbean during the pandemic period. And others are certain cruise ships are nothing more than floating Petri dishes for countless viruses.
Then again there are millions of passionate cruisers. They cannot wait to get aboard a cruise ship. They look forward to enjoying the wonderful service, the endless food. Cruising post-pandemic can not come fast enough.
Since the coronavirus started its rapid global spread earlier this year, thousands of passengers have been infected and dozens have died in high-profile outbreaks on ships, even after the industry paused all new cruises in mid-March. That has led many to vow they would never set foot on a ship, even if they had taken a cruise before.
But some passionate fans are not scared away and are even eager to return to sailing as soon as they can — provided they feel as though cruise lines have put enough health and safety measures in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a no-sail order in place until July 24 but could extend the mandate as the agency and Coast Guard work with cruise lines on their coronavirus response plans. Carnival Cruise Line has tentatively said it hopes to start cruising post-pandemic with a handful of ships in August but warned that those plans could change.
Cruise fans interviewed for this story said they would be willing to undergo more testing before boarding ships and want to see cruise companies talk more openly about the health and safety changes they’re planning to make before people can start sailing again.
Charlie Leocha is the President of Travelers United. He has been working in Washington, DC, for the past 11 years with Congress, the Department of Transportation and industry stakeholders on travel issues. He was the first consumer representative to the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections appointed by the Secretary of Transportation from 2012 through 2018.