Report: Royal Caribbean Cruises crew members could be allowed to finally disembark ships
LAKE MARY, Fla. - Royal Caribbean Cruises crew members could soon be on there way home.
In an article on Sunday, the Miami Herald reported that "Royal Caribbean’s Michael Bayley and Celebrity Cruises’ Lisa Lutoff-Perlo announced they would sign the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s terms for disembarking crew. The letters also detailed plans for getting crew members to their home nations."
The Miami Herald's article said Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which owns Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, initially did not agree to the CDC's list of requirements regarding disembarking crew members.
Those requirements included ensuring crew members didn't use public transportation to get home, did not mix with the public while traveling home and did not stay in a hotel.
The Miami Herald's article said the requirements carry possible criminal consequences.
The article said the crew members' freedom could come after a "long standoff between the company and the CDC."
The Miami Herald reported: "After measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 slammed the cruise industry to a halt March 13, about 100,000 crew members remained stuck on ships as they meandered in and out of U.S. waters until they can be disembarked."