Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Cruise lines extend cancellations up to 31 October


Cruise line members of CLIA have voluntarily suspended cruising in the US until the end of October, even though the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's 'no sail' order is due to expire on 30 September.

CLIA said it will announce whether a further extension will be necessary before the end of September.

If conditions in the US change to allow short, modified sailings, CLIA said it will consider an earlier restart.

"The extension will allow additional time for our ocean-going members to work with outside experts and partners to develop enhanced public health protocols," CLIA spokesman Golin-Blaugrund said.

The voluntary suspension was announced just days after new coronavirus cases have emerged on ships that have resumed cruises in other parts of the world, including Hurtigruten's Norwegian voyage.

CLIA said in the statement that by further extending its sailing suspension, which has been in place since 14 March, it is demonstrating 'the cruise industry's commitment to public health'.

In June, CLIA announced its member cruise lines would voluntarily suspend operations until 15 September, before the CDC announced it was extending its 'no sail' order until 30 September.

Princess Cruises has suspended cruises until 15 December.


By Linsey McNeill, Editor (UK)


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