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ATLANTA — The CDC’s COVID-19 program for cruise ships has come to an end.

The move took effect yesterday, July 18, 2022.

“CDC has worked closely with the cruise industry, state, territorial, and local health authorities, and federal and seaport partners to provide a safer and healthier environment for cruise passengers and crew,” says the CDC in a heads-up on its site.

“Cruise ships have access to guidance and tools to manage their own COVID-19 mitigation programs. Additionally, cruise travellers have access to recommendations that allow them to make informed decisions about cruise ship travel.”

The CDC adds that “while cruising poses some risk of COVID-19 transmission, CDC will continue to publish guidance to help cruise ships continue to provide a safer and healthier environment for crew, passengers, and communities going forward.”

Major cruise lines began sailing again in summer 2021. In March 2022 the CDC finally dropped its Cruise Ship Travel Health Notice.