PUBLISHED: 12:54, Fri, Sep 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:11, Fri, Sep 25, 2020
Cruise lovers have been left devastated this year with most cruise lines forced to cancel all itineraries until the end of the year or even the beginning of 2021 in some cases. However, a team of experts from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line put forward new regulations to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week in a bit to get cruises back sailing again.
Though the rules are aimed at increasing safety for passengers and crew, they do mean that guests may no longer enjoy some much-loved elements of a cruise holiday.
According to the Healthy Sail Panel proposal passengers would be limited from freely roaming around towns near ports.
Instead, excursions would be limited to only those who had booked an excursion.
These excursions will be led by staff and numbers likely limited.
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Cruise excursions could have strict rules in future (Image: Getty Images)
Cruise: Passengers will only be allowed off at ports on planned excursions (Image: Getty Images)
The experts say that this proposal would reduce contact between passengers and crew members with local residents in various cruise stops along the way.
“Prior to COVID-19, cruise operators allowed for both fully curated excursions and self-guided excursions and independent exploration at destinations of interest," states their proposal which was revealed by Fox News.
"However, the risk of exposure for the people in communities that are visited, and for cruise ship guests and crew, increase as more mixing between these groups occurs.
“Therefore, the panel recommends that cruise operators initially prohibit self-guided tours and independent exploration and only allow certain curated indoor activities until further notice.”
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