Cruise ship COVID reporting program ending

Passengers return to the Pride Of America April 13 at Kailua Pier. (laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Passengers return to the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride Of America on April 13 at Kailua Pier. (Photos by laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A tender makes its way to Kailua Pier with passengers from the Pride Of America, moored in the background in Kailua Bay on April 13. (

The recent discontinuation of a program by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracked COVID-19 cases aboard cruise ships and reported findings to the public has no effect on how state agencies deal with the virus on cruise ships.