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The Folo, episode 13: When will we cruise again?

Clockwise from top left: Johanna Jainchill on the aft deck of the Scenic Eclipse; Gene Sloan with the Norwegian Joy in Vancouver; Colleen McDaniel cruising on the Celebrity Equinox and Rebecca Tobin in the NorthStar observation deck of the Quantum of the Seas.
Clockwise from top left: Johanna Jainchill on the aft deck of the Scenic Eclipse; Gene Sloan with the Norwegian Joy in Vancouver; Colleen McDaniel cruising on the Celebrity Equinox and Rebecca Tobin in the NorthStar observation deck of the Quantum of the Seas.

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Three cruise experts -- Travel Weekly news editor Johanna Jainchill, The Points Guy senior reporter Gene Sloan and Cruise Critic editor in chief Colleen McDaniel -- discuss with show host Rebecca Tobin some of the details of the CDC's cruising framework, how cruise lines might approach safety protocols and when we might expect to see the first cruises depart from the U.S.

NOTE: This episode was recorded on Nov. 5, two days before Sloan began a cruise on SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream I, his first cruise since the pandemic began and SeaDream's first in the Caribbean after cruising in Europe during the summer. (The ship was able to sail both because it departed from Barbados, which falls outside of the CDC's jurisdiction, and because it carries a maximum of 112 passengers, too small to be included in the Conditional Sailing Order requirements.) A few days into the cruise a passenger tested postive for Covid-19, and the ship has returned to Barbados for testing and quarantine.   

Further reading:

Cruise restart pushed to February? The timing's not a surprise to some

The CDC ban is lifted, but the cruise restart will take some time

Public's support for cruising's return was overwhelming, the CDC says

From the Points Guy: More passengers test positive for Covid on Caribbean cruise ship

About The Folo by Travel Weekly podcast: A folo is a journalism term for an article that "follows" a news report to offer additional facts and context. On The Folo by Travel Weekly podcast, we'll take you behind the scenes as we talk with reporters, editors and contributors to explore ideas and share experiences in the reporting of the biggest travel trends.

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