‘Not the cruise I signed up for’: 30-fold increase in Covid cases upends industry

The surge has led to passengers stranded on ships, staff shortages and tour cancelations in addition to ports turning ships away

A surge in Covid infections on cruise ships is causing mayhem across the industry, leaving passengers stranded aboard ships, exacerbating staff shortages and prompting the CDC to warn US passengers against all cruise travel.

The CDC director said this week that Covid cases have increased 30-fold in just two weeks. Every one of the nearly 100 cruise ships currently carrying passengers in US waters has reported enough Covid-19 cases to merit investigation by the CDC, according to the agency’s website.

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