The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially lifted their COVID-19 risk advisory for cruise ship travel, two years after initially issuing the warning.

The CDC posted the news online, removing their “Cruise Ship Travel Health Notice.” The notice recommended against cruise ship travel — and only four months ago, they moved the warning to its highest level, level 4. The CDC also recommended that cruise ship travelers use their own judgment about health
risks when traveling on a cruise ship, and that all passengers should still be fully vaccinated against COVID.

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released a statement about the CDC’s announcement:

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to altogether remove the Travel Health Notice for cruising recognizes the effective public health measures in place on cruise ships and begins to level the playing field, between cruise and similarly situated venues on land, for the first time since March 2020.

From the onset of the pandemic, CLIA’s cruise line members have prioritized the health and safety of their guests, crew, and the communities they visit and are sailing today with health measures in place that are unmatched by virtually any other commercial setting.”

Various cruise lines still have testing and/or vaccination requirements, so it’s important for travelers to check with their cruise line before embarking on their trip.