Ocean cruising from US ports is now off the agenda until 15 September 2020. The voluntary extended pause impacts member cruise operators of the Cruise Lines International Association.
In April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a 100-day ‘No Sail Order’ that prevented cruise lines from operating in the United States up until 24 July 2020.
CLIA said in a statement that it had hoped to resume cruise activity soon after that date but due to the “ongoing situation within the US related to COVID-19 it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to the resumption in the US.”
“Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers,” CLIA said.
The extra time will enable CLIA to consult with the CDC on measures required for the resumption of cruising.
“This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with the capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”
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