The CDC will soon issue new guidelines for a cruising restart, Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Thursday after a call with CDC officials.
Levine Cava said on Twitter that she was "very encouraged" and "excited to learn they will be issuing new guidelines for a safe restart to cruising. Miami-Dade is ready to partner with the CDC to make sure the Cruise Capital of the World can lead the way to rebuild this critical industry."
Levine Cava said that CDC director Rochelle Walensky and other CDC members on the call said they would shortly issue new guidelines for a cruising restart, "taking into consideration the advancements made possible by the vaccine."
The mayor said she was "impressed by the director's knowledge of the industry and her empathy to the economic hardships that the loss of this business has caused."
"We are eager to work with the CDC and cruise industry as a positive partner and a resource," Cava said. "Some may want to sue, but we want to sail."
The Mayor's statement was welcome news for an industry where frustration over the CDC's refusal to allow ships to sail from U.S. ports seemed to reach a fever pitch in recent weeks. With cruise lines set to launch this summer just beyond U.S. borders in the Caribbean, industry organizations along with senators, governors and mayors have been calling on the CDC to drop the Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) and allow cruising to resume from U.S. ports in July.
CLIA, which along with ASTA and the U.S. Travel Association have urged the agency to take action, said today that the "Ready, Set, Sail" campaign it launched last week to encourage members and travel advisors to "call, email and/or Tweet" members of Congress had seen 34,540 messages sent by 11,195 people to 431 U.S. representatives and all 100 U.S. senators.
The CDC Thursday had not issued any press release related to its call with Mayor Levine Cava.