The CDC has issued new orders to cruise operators regarding how they can prepare to resume sailing out of U.S. ports as the pandemic eases. The CDC oversees U.S. ports, and the industry must abide by their rules if they want to resume cruises here. COVID-19 vaccinations will be critical in the effort to restart the cruise industry.

Photo: The cruise ship Regatta spent the winter in storage at the Port of Astoria. She maintained a skeleton crew on board to keep the ship in operating order. The Regatta left Astoria at the end of March, headed south to be prepped for what cruise operators hope will be a season of reopening for the industry.