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It’s anchors aweigh at least for some cruises from US ports starting in November. But it comes with a caveat from a senior health official that it may be premature. The Centers for Disease Control has extended its ban on cruising through Oct. 31 and a handful of cruise ships could be sailing from Florida ports on Nov. 1, the weekend before the US election.

Tremendous pressure has built up to get cruise ships back into action. In addition to cruise lines–which are losing millions every day their ships are anchored– port workers in Florida made their voices heard in demonstrations demanding return of cruising. Even the White House has joined the fray.

As reported in the political website Axios, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was overruled when he pushed to extend a “no-sail order” on passenger cruises from American ports until next February, according to two sources present at a discussion in the White House Situation Room.

Read it all in The Cruisington Times

First published at Travel Industry Today

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