CDC removes COVID warning for cruise travel, keeps some Caribbean islands in ‘avoid’ list

FILE - Cruise ships float at PortMiami, on April 7, 2020, in Miami. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning people not to cruise regardless of their vaccination status because of an increase in cases fueled by the omicron variant detected in ships. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed its COVID-19 risk advisory against cruise ship travel on Wednesday after issuing it about two years ago.

The CDC continued to warn the virus spreads easily in close quarters onboard ships and passengers and crew are at risk for infection — even if they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

The CDC also continues to update a list of travel health notices grouping specific countries into four levels of risk.

The level four recommendation to “avoid travel” includes the Caribbean destinations of Martinique, Saint Martin, Bermuda, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Saint Barthelemy, Dominica, and the Cayman Islands.

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