In the battle against the spread of coronavirus, cruise companies are admittedly playing a game of catch up. After the virus caught the industry by surprise in the early part of the year, leaving hundreds sickened and dozens dead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ordered the industry not to sail until July 24 in order to give it time to devise protocols to halt the spread of coronavirus aboard cruise vessels.
FoxNews.com reports that cruise companies are looking into new technology which may help them stem the spread of coronavirus aboard their vessels. One such technology involves using ultraviolet lights which could potentially be deployed to disinfect spaces and even people. According to the report, UVC light does not pose a risk to human beings but can kill bacteria and viruses.
Another technology is a tracking program which would allow cruise authorities to monitor crowds aboard their ships and identify people and groups who are not adhering to social distancing guidelines. Additionally, using this technology authorities would be able to track the movements of those who show signs of coronavirus contraction, potentially allowing officials to identify others who may have come into contact with them and warn them about the exposure.
As of now, Carnival Cruise Line is the only major cruise company that has announced a set date for its return to the seas. Carnival plans to launch cruise ships out of Galveston, Texas Miami, Florida, and PortCanaveral, Florida beginning August 1.
Domestic cruise lines are returning to sailing sooner than the international companies. For example, according to its website American Cruise Lines has itineraries set to sail as early as June 6.