Clia Brasil, the association that represents cruise ship companies in the country, announced the suspension of operations in Brazilian ports until January 21st. The statement was made this Monday (3) on behalf of MSC and Costa Cruises.
The measure was taken after the outbreaks of Covid on ships last week, which led Anvisa to recommend to the Ministry of Health on Friday (31) the temporary suspension of the cruise ship season, on a preventive basis, until there is more available data to assess the epidemiological scenario.
Clia says it wants to align health and safety protocols with federal government, Anvisa, state and municipal authorities.
“Over the past few weeks, the two affected cruise lines have experienced a number of situations that have directly impacted ship operations, making continuing to cruise at this time impractical. In addition, operational uncertainty has caused significant inconvenience for vacationing guests at sea with strict safety protocols,” says the document.
The suspension is valid for new departures, that is, there will be no more guest boarding until the 21st, and the cruises that are already taking place will finalize their itineraries, according to Clia.
with Andressa Motter e Ana Paula Branco
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