SINGAPORE, 8 July
2020: Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd are
partnering to tweak cruise health and safety standards in response to the
global Covid-19 pandemic.
Together they are hosting a “Healthy Sail Panel” made up of
experts tasked with making recommendations for cruise lines to advance the
public health response.
The expert panel has been working for nearly a month and
will offer its initial recommendations by the end of August. The cruise lines
said the panel’s work will be “open source,” and could be freely adopted by any
company or industry that would benefit from the group’s scientific and medical
Commenting on the panel Cruise Lines International
Association (CLIA) CEO and president Kelly Craighead said: “We commend this and
parallel efforts of all of our members, large and small, who are working
tirelessly to develop appropriate protocols based on input from health
authorities and medical experts in the US and abroad.”
The panel will also submit its conclusions to the US Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other regulators.