NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

US Tells Its Citizens To Avoid Cruise Travel, Even If Fully Vaccinated.

US Tells Its Citizens To Avoid Cruise Travel, Even If Fully Vaccinated

Between December 15 and 29, there were 5,013 Covid cases in US waters. (Representational)

New York:

US health authorities on Thursday urged Americans to avoid cruise travel even if they are vaccinated, citing the surge in Covid-19 cases spurred by the Omicron variant.

"Avoid cruise travel, regardless of vaccination status," said a posting on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website that upgraded the travel notice on cruising to Level 4, the highest on its Covid risk scale.

"Even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants," the notice said.

Between December 15 and 29, there were 5,013 Covid cases in US waters reported to the CDC, 31 times the level in the prior two weeks, according to an email from a CDC spokesperson.

The agency recommends mitigation steps that include getting vaccinated and boosted, wearing a mask in indoor settings and taking a test before gathering.

"The virus that causes Covid-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters on board ships, and the chance of getting Covid-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you are fully vaccinated and have received a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose," the CDC said.

The surge in fresh cases linked to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant has raised fresh challenges for the cruise industry, which resumed service in the United States this summer after being essentially dormant for more than a year.

On Thursday, Royal Caribbean modified or cancelled 16 destinations out of 331 due to the uptick in Covid cases. Shares of Royal Caribbean dipped 0.2 percent in afternoon trading.

Shares of Carnival fell 0.6 percent in early afternoon trading, while Norwegian Cruise Line dropped 1.5 percent.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
Senate starts debate on voting rights bill with no Republican support.

Senate starts debate on voting rights bill with no Republican support.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving forward with debate on the voting rights bill. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, Politico's national political correspondent Meridith McGraw, and Wall Street Journal congressional...

History of racism in America is history ‘stolen from all of us’: Jeffery Robinson.

History of racism in America is history ‘stolen from all of us’: Jeffery Robinson.

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks to Jeffery Robinson, former ACLU deputy legal director, about his new documentary, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.​" ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Live Stream Here: SUB...

'The Five' reacts to media shifting blame on Biden's failures.

'The Five' reacts to media shifting blame on Biden's failures.

'The Five' panel discusses the 'Biden effect' as GOP support surges and president's agenda falls flat. #FoxNews #TheFive Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompa...

Bills introduced to ban lawmakers from stock trading.

Bills introduced to ban lawmakers from stock trading.

Senators on both sides of the aisle have introduced bills that would stop lawmakers from trading stocks. Jaime Rogozinski, the founder of Wall Street Bets, joins "Red and Blue" to discuss the issue. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news se...

Senate Democrats go forward with voting rights debate despite expected failure.

Senate Democrats go forward with voting rights debate despite expected failure.

Political experts weigh in as Senate debates on voting rights ahead of Wednesday’s filibuster showdown and give insight on what Democrats are trying to accomplish.

House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Giuliani, Other Trump Aides

House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Giuliani, Other Trump Aides

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas Tuesday to Rudy Giuliani,  Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn and accused them of promoting lies about the 2020 election.  » Subscribe to NBC News:...