No industry has suffered as much from the pandemic as the cruise industry. Not only did Covid (with great help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) shut down all sailings from the US from March 2020 to July 2021, the industry’s return was a crawl, not a sprint.
Those first cruises of July 2021 sailed with hundreds, not thousands, of passengers, such as the major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International (RCL) Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) operated under the CDC’s “Conditional Sail Order (CSO)”. The rules imposed by the CSO made the operations challenging. The nature of covid meant that even ships sailing requiring all passengers 12 years and older to be vaccinated and take a negative test taken no more than two days before their departure (that was all ships departing from US ports), still producing covid infections.