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Third cruise line signs agreement to resume sailing to Hawaii

The Maui News

The World Residences at Sea has signed a port agreement with the state, allowing it to resume sailing in Hawaiian waters, the Department of Transportation Harbors Division announced Friday.

The company is the third cruise line, along with Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines, to sign an agreement with the state that outlines health and safety protocols for cruise lines returning to Hawaii after a nearly two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World is expected to arrive at Lahaina Harbor at 9 a.m. today and depart at 6 p.m. Monday, according to hawaii.port

call.com, which is run by the Department of Transportation.

Cruise lines with capacity to carry more than 250 people and itineraries including overnight stays are required to have a formal port agreement with local port and health authorities, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order. The agreements must include plans for evacuating passengers or crew in need of care, quarantine or isolation protocols and acknowledgment of the public health resources of the local jurisdictions as well as vaccination strategies implemented by the cruise lines.

Agreements also require each ship to have onboard testing and medical staff. Cruise lines also have committed to full vaccination rates in addition to pre-board testing and onboard safety and cleaning protocols.

The state also requires participation in the Safe Travels digital platform to upload proof of vaccination or negative test results for cruise lines arriving to Hawaii from outside the state. Safe Travels will not apply to cruise lines sailing interisland.

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