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CDC Raises Risk Level For Cruise Travel

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The CDC is asking travelers to avoid cruises due to the high transmission of COVID-19.

LYCOMING COUNTY, Pennsylvania – This week, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased the risk level of COVID-19 for cruise lines. The agency is asking people to avoid cruises regardless of their vaccination status.

“People are waiting to see what happens with the new cruise guidelines coming out and the new cruise cancellations, but most travelers are optimistic at this point,” Sara Richards, travel agent at AAA North Penn said at South Williamsport.

These new CDC recommendations are due to an increase in the number of Covid cases on cruise lines. AAA North Penn travel agency in South Williamsport says people are always eager to book cruise ship trips in the New Year.

“Most people are open-minded, they are willing to go anywhere if they can. If there is anything in this wait to be able to be released with more vaccinated travelers, they just want to go back,” Richards said.

Most people plan their summer trips during the winter according to AAA North Penn Travel. Travel agents predict 2022 will be a very busy year. The travel agency says more and more people are starting to plan international trips.

“We have all of these people from 2021 bookings now wanting to move their bookings to 2022 and some still from 2020. So I think 2022 is going to be a big year for travel,” Richards said.

Travel agents say booking trips like cruises poses some challenge due to COVID-19 guidelines. Because of these guidelines, travel agencies get more business.

“We find people who have never been to our office before because they just want to make sure they book with someone who can guide them and check those guidelines and help with any changes they have,” Richards said.

Currently, more than 80 cruise ships are being monitored by the CDC due to coronavirus cases reported on board.