Cruise lines extend COVID-19 pause on sailing

MIAMI (AP) – The Cruise Lines International Association announced on Friday that ships will not be sailing from United States (US) ports throughout the summer, extending a pause put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The current no-sail order issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 14 is set to expire on July 24. The association says cruise lines have decided to voluntarily prolong this pause until September 15 because they need time “to resolve barriers” with US authorities to restart sailing.

“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 crew members,” the statement said.

The industry association said they are consulting with the CDC on the appropriate measures to resume cruise travel. The association represents 95 per cent of the global cruise industry.

Carnival Cruise Line had announced last month that it was planning to restart cruising from Florida and Texas in August.