Compliance into the Weeds is the only weekly podcast which takes a deep dive into a compliance related topic, literally going into the weeds to more fully explore a subject. In this podcast Matt Kelly and Tom Fox take a deep dive into the recent mandate from the CDC that CEOs, CCOs and CFOs certify and attest that each employee who disembarks from a cruise ship has met the CDC requirements to do so, under potential criminal penalty. Three cruise lines, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line have over 100,000 employees cooped up on ships in US ports. The CDC wants to make certain that when they come on land, it is safe for everyone.

Some of the highlights include:

  • What are the CDC requirements?
  • Why does the CDC want CEO, CCO and CFO attestation?
  • Should these corporate leaders agree to do so?
  • What is about the employees on the ships?
  • Given that at least 100 cruise ships that set sail after March 4, the first day that a passenger died of Covid-19 while on a cruise stopping in the United States, is this warranted?
  • What does it mean for potential liability going forward?


Matt Kelly blog post, Cruise Lines Face Covid-19 Compliance Squeeze