CDC Issues New COVID-19 Guidance For Older Travelers And Those At Increased Risk Of Severe Illness

On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its cruise guidance and emphasized that individuals at increased risk of severe illness—regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated—should avoid ocean or river cruises, worldwide. 

This updates prior guidance that warned people who are not fully vaccinated to avoid cruise travel.

The CDC website notes that reported outbreaks on cruise ships and the easy spread of COVID-19 between people in such close quarters suggest that the risk of getting the virus on cruise ships is especially high for certain groups of individuals.

Who should avoid cruising?

The CDC identifies three specific groups at

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