Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s New Day Thursday that there is a risk of people infected with Covid-19 spreading the virus when they are on cruise ships with unvaccinated people.
“If you are on a boat with unvaccinated people, and you have a person who is infected, we know from experience with cruise ships what can happen,” Fauci said. “You can have considerable outbreaks because you are in a closed space where people are not going to be able to get away from each other because of what you see on a cruise ship.”
“When there’s no problem, it’s wonderful, people are enjoying it, they’re having a great time,” he continued. “But if you have a couple of infected people there, you have a risk of spreading as we have seen historically with cruise ships.”
Celebrity Edge is poised to be the first major cruise ship to sail from the US in over a year as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease in the country.
The ship, part of the Celebrity Cruises line owned by Royal Caribbean Group, has been cleared to sail from Fort Lauderdale with paying passengers in June 2021.
The CDC states that for cruise lines to recommence sailing in US waters, they must either complete "trial" cruises to replicate real-world cruising conditions or comply with the CDC vaccination requirements.
CNN's Lilit Marcus contributed reporting to this post.