Are Cruise Ships Coming Back to Santa Barbara?
By an edhat reader
This week's harbor commission agenda item will receive a presentation on the current status of the Cruise Ship Program, discuss, and provide recommendations to staff as necessary. (More information here)
The agenda states:
After two years of cancelled visits, the Waterfront Department currently has 24 cruise ship calls on the schedule for this spring. The first call of the season is March 16, 2022. In addition to new health and safety protocols and procedures instituted by the cruise lines, the Waterfront Department is initiating new shore side protocols including:
Requiring masks be worn by all staff and volunteers
Strongly recommending COVID vaccinations and boosters for all staff and volunteers
involved in the Cruise Ship Program
Installation of hand sanitizing stations in the Cruise Ship Area
Requiring rental of portable restrooms for ships over 1000-person capacity
The Waterfront Department continues to work with the Cruise Industry and our local and state health authorities to fully evaluate when it is safe to resume the cruise ship program in Santa Barbara.
Here is the Harbor Commission agenda to start on Thursday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m. (virtual participation instructions as well): https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/SBdocuments/Advisory_Groups/Harbor_Commission/Current/02_Current_Agenda/2022_01_20_January_20_2022_Agenda.pdf