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CDC Guidance

The CDC guidelines at the time of my sailing included face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation including all passengers on board and all personnel operating maritime conveyances traveling into, within, or out of the United States.

Embarkation

This was my 5th cruise, and the embarkation process didn’t seem any different. Noticeable was the lack of social distancing in lines at the terminal.

Muster Drills

You will no longer meet in huge groups, shoulder to shoulder to go thru this drill. I mustered with about 25 other people at an indoor lounge.

Cabins

Nothing appears to have changed about the in-cabin experience. You can still get housekeeping daily if you choose, or you can put your do not disturb (snoozing) sign up and limit the amount of contact with crew coming into your room.

Around the Ship

Signs, announcements, and literature given out all instructed on the wearing of masks when and where. However, you could occasionally see those only loosely wearing the mask.

Dining Areas

Crew Members

I observed crew members always wearing masks and doing so properly around the mouth and nose.

Venues

I personally skipped all venues, clubs, and the casino. There was just no way to distance at them.

Impression

By my own actions to distance myself, I felt safe. I had room service each morning for breakfast and ate on my private balcony.

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