Cruise Ship Color Status

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While cruising will always pose some risk of COVID-19 transmission, CDC is committed to working with cruise ship operators to ensure that cruise ship passenger operations are conducted in a way that reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission among crew members, passengers, and port personnel.

With the exception of cruise ships operating in Florida, all cruise ships operating in U.S. waters, or seeking to operate in U.S. waters, must comply with the requirements of the CDC Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) and Technical Instructions, even when outside of U.S. waters.

Note: As of July 23, 2021, the CSO and accompanying measures, such as technical instructions, are currently nonbinding recommendations for cruise ships arriving in, located within, or departing from a port in Florida. However, CDC will continue to operate the CSO as a voluntary program for such ships should they choose to follow the CSO measures on a voluntary basis.

The CSO was written as a phased approach to take into account the evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and worldwide. For an infographic on the phased approach, visit https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/pdf/CSO-Phased-Approach-Infographic-p.pdfpdf icon.

See table below for cruise ship color status.

Eligibility for Ship Color Status

The color-coding system is only applicable to cruise ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters. Status of ships is dependent upon daily submission of the Enhanced Data Collection (EDC) during COVID-19 Pandemic form.

CDC has confirmed that the ships listed in the table below (except for “Gray”-designated ships) are operating under health and safety protocols that align with CDC’s standards for protecting passengers, crew, port personnel, and communities by mitigating the public health risks posed by COVID-19. Gray-designated ships may have their own COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which CDC has not reviewed or confirmed.

When a cruise ship operating under the CSO notifies CDC of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, CDC determines whether an investigation is needed, based on a predetermined investigation threshold. This investigation threshold gives CDC and the cruise industry the ability to work closely together to protect the health and safety of those on board and in communities.

Eligibility for Voyage Status for Ships Following the CSO

Voyage status is determined by the cruise ship operator’s current CDC approved voyage request or application:

  • Request for Approval to Conduct a Simulated Voyage Prior to Issuance of COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate
  • Application for a CDC COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate

See table below for current voyage type.

Criteria for Ship Color Status – For Ships in US Waters

The following table lists cruise ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters.

Ship color status is determined using surveillance data from the previous 7 days—regardless of voyage dates— and CDC investigation findings.

The following persons are not included when determining a ship’s color status:

  • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on the day of embarkation who do not board the ship, or
  • Newly embarking crew members who test positive during their embarkation quarantine period.

Cruise Ship Color Status

This table is updated several times a week, as needed. Last updated September 16, 2021 with EDC data submitted September 15, 2021.

Cruise lines that have ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters during the period of the No Sail Order extension
Company Cruise Line Ship Name Current Voyage Type Ship Status CDC Actions for Ships Reporting COVID-19 Cases
American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen Steamboat Company American Countess Restricted Green N/A
American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen Steamboat Company American Empress Restricted Green N/A
American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen Restricted Green N/A
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica Crew Only (approved for restricted) Assisting with disaster response N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Breeze Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Conquest Crew Only (approved for restricted) Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Dream Crew Only (approved for restricted) Orange CDC is monitoring.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Ecstasy Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Elation Crew Only (approved for restricted) Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Freedom Crew Only Orange CDC is monitoring.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Glory Crew Only (approved for restricted) Assisting with disaster response N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Horizon Restricted Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Magic Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Mardi Gras Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Miracle Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Panorama Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Pride Restricted Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Sensation Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Sunrise Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Valor Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. Carnival Vista Restricted Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Holland America Line Koningsdam Crew Only Orange CDC is monitoring.
Carnival Corporation Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Carnival Corporation Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Holland America Line Noordam Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Holland America Line Westerdam Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Holland America Line Zuiderdam Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Caribbean Princess Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Coral Princess Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Crown Princess Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Emerald Princess Crew Only Orange CDC is monitoring.
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Enchanted Princess Crew Only Orange CDC is monitoring.
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Grand Princess Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Majestic Princess Restricted Orange CDC is monitoring.
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Royal Princess Crew Only Green N/A
Carnival Corporation Princess Cruises Ruby Princess Crew Only Green N/A
Walt Disney Company Disney Cruise Line Disney Dream Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Walt Disney Company Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy Restricted Green N/A
Walt Disney Company Disney Cruise Line Disney Wonder Crew Only (approved for simulated) Green N/A
Genting Hong Kong Limited Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity Restricted Green N/A
Genting Hong Kong Limited Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony Restricted Orange CDC is monitoring
MSC Cruise Management (UK) Limited MSC Cruises MSC Divina Crew Only (approved for restricted) Green N/A
MSC Cruise Management (UK) Limited MSC Cruises MSC Meraviglia Restricted Green N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Encore Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Gem Restricted Green N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Sky Crew Only Orange CDC is monitoring.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Sun Crew Only Green N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America Crew Only Green N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Oceania Insignia Crew Only Green N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Oceania Regatta Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Constellation Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Eclipse Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Edge Restricted Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Equinox Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Millennium Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Reflection Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Summit Crew Only (approved for restricted) Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Allure of the Seas Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Brilliance of the Seas Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Explorer of the Seas Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Freedom of the Seas Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Grandeur of the Seas Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Independence of the Seas Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Liberty of the Seas Crew Only (approved for simulated) Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Mariner of the Seas Restricted Yellow CDC has started an investigation.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Navigator of the Seas Crew Only Orange CDC is monitoring.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Oasis of the Seas Restricted Yellow CDC has investigated and ship remains under observation.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Odyssey of the Seas Simulated Orange CDC is monitoring.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Ovation of the Seas Restricted Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Rhapsody of the Seas Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Serenade of the Seas Restricted Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Symphony of the Seas Restricted Orange CDC is monitoring.
Royal Caribbean Group Royal Caribbean International Vision of the Seas Crew Only Green N/A
Royal Caribbean Group Silversea Cruises LTD Silver Muse Restricted Green N/A
Virgin Cruises Intermediate Limited Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady Crew Only Green N/A

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  • Green status means the ship has no reports of cases of COVID-19 or COVID-19-like illness.
  • Orange status means the ship has reported cases of COVID-19 but is below the threshold for CDC investigation.
  • Yellow status means the ship has met the threshold for CDC investigation, which includes one of the following criteria:
    • at or above the investigation threshold for crew COVID-19 cases,
    • at or above the investigation threshold for passenger COVID-19 cases; or
    • state or local health department notified CDC of passenger COVID-19 cases occurring within 5 days of disembarkation.
  • Red status means the ship is at or above the CDC investigation threshold for passenger and crew COVID-19 cases. Based on CDC’s investigation, additional public health precautions, such as returning to port immediately or delaying the next voyage, will be taken to help ensure the health and safety of onboard travelers or newly arriving travelers.
  • Gray status means CDC has not reviewed or confirmed the cruise ship operator’s health and safety protocols. This status only applies to cruise ships arriving in, located within, or departing from a port in Florida that chose to not follow the CSO on a voluntary basis.

CDC will follow up with cruise ships when an investigation is required as ships begin to sail with passengers on simulated or restricted voyages under the CSO. For more details about the thresholds for investigation or red status, see Technical Instructions for Mitigation of COVID-19 Among Cruise Ship Crew.

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