Are Cruise Ships Coming Back to Santa Barbara?

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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):

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Oldwave Jan 18, 2022 08:56 AM
Are Cruise Ships Coming Back to Santa Barbara?

I am a contractor that works on container ships and mostly cruise ships. I can tell you that nothing is cleaner than a cruise ship galley, restroom or cabin. The lengths they go to protect against the virus and to board the ship is annoying at times but I don’t let it bother me. I do not consider cruising my type of vacation however if you ban cruise ships then how about flying? Or hotels?

a-1642557248 Jan 18, 2022 05:54 PM
Are Cruise Ships Coming Back to Santa Barbara?

Contractor: It's not like you have an independent opinion on this subject. But consider that hospitals are the epicenter of sanitation and yet no one I know wants to be in that environment right now unless absolutely necessary.

dukemunson Jan 18, 2022 08:09 PM
Are Cruise Ships Coming Back to Santa Barbara?

554pm - what OW was getting at is that it’s silly to think cruise ships are a Covid issue/problem for sb. Odd that two years into this people would have this abject fear. These are fully vaccinated and tested tourists that are coming they represent a spectacularly small percentage of the tourists that we get daily… all the rest of whom are untested and unchecked.

Chip of SB Jan 18, 2022 12:51 PM
Are Cruise Ships Coming Back to Santa Barbara?

I think you nailed it Shasta! Want to live in a place that ferociously fights against change and innovation? Want the join a community that ostracizes anyone who dares to think differently? Are you a dedicated believer in NIMBYism? Do you like to get all authoritarian and force other people to comport with your beliefs? Santa Karen is the city for you!


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