Published on Monday, June 22, 2020

All US cruises suspended until mid-September

There is a little more clarity on when the cruise industry will return.

Cruise Lines International Association announced all member cruise lines will extend cruise cancellations from US ports until at least September 15, 2020.

The CDC's 'no sail' order is in effect until late July, but there is still much work to be done before large cruise ships can safely resume operations.

"Due to the ongoing situation within the US related to Covid-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations," CLIA said in a release.

"The current no sail order issued by the CDC will expire on  July 24, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States."

The association says it will 'err on the side of caution' before announcing a restart date and health and safety protocols are still being developed.

The suspension could still be extended and an eventual restart will be with the full input of the CDC.

The CDC is still reviewing cruise lines' plans to avoid any further exposure to Covid-19.

CLIA members carry about 95% of the world's ocean cruise passengers.

CLIA says every day cruise operations in the US are suspended results in a loss of about $110 million in economic activity.

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