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CLIA Mandates Pre Boarding Testing For All Embarking Cruise Passengers

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CLIA Cruise Line Members, which includes Disney Cruise Lines, will be required to enforce mandatory pre-boarding COVID-19 testing on all passengers and crew. All members have agreed to comply with this requirement, which will be required no matter where in the world the sailing is.

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The statement was made on 6 October, 2020 by CLIA’s global CEO Kelly Craighead:

“I’m pleased to announce that effective today all CLIA Ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100 percent testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons — with a negative test required for any embarkation,”

“Recognising no measure in isolation is sufficient to prevent the introduction onboard of COVID-19, we see testing as an important initial step to a multi-layered approach that we believe validates the industry’s commitment to making health, safety, and the well-being of the passengers, the crew, and the communities we visit our top priority.”

This is a welcome step forward in getting the cruise industry back on its feet.

MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and TUI Cruises have all resumed cruising, and they have already been enforcing pre embarkation testing. So far, no problems have been reported.

Disney Cruise Line hasn’t yet commented on this requirement, but we will keep you up to date.

So far Disney has cancelled cruises up to the middle of December 2020.

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