Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020

CLIA extends voluntary cruise pause again

Industry group Cruise Line International Association has again extended the voluntary suspension of sailings through 31 October.

This is several weeks beyond the current no-sail order date imposed by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On behalf of its member cruise lines, CLIA had previously extended the cruise pause until 15 September.

The extension is not surprising considering there is still much work to do to convince the CDC the industry is ready to meet the challenges of cruising in the Covid-19 era.

"We believe this proactive action further demonstrates the cruise industry's commitment to public health and willingness to voluntarily suspend operations in the interest of public health and safety," a CLIA statement said.

"CLIA cruise line members will continue to monitor the situation with the understanding that we will revisit a possible further extension on or before 30 September, 2020," it said.

The global cruise industry has been at standstill since March and only in the past few weeks has it slowly restarted in Europe and Asia.


by Ray Montgomery, US editor

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