Travel Cruising Won’t Resume in the U.S. Until at Least November, Cruise Association Confirms
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Ocean cruising won’t resume in the U.S. until at least November, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, which represents major cruise lines around the world.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said its members have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. sailings through at least Oct. 31. The group counts major lines as members, including Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International.
Small Ships Prepare to Resume Cruising This Summer
These vessels can still cruise, and itineraries are launching as early as this month.While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a 100-day No Sail Order in mid-March that halted the sailing of cruise ships, the order applied to ships carrying 250 or more passengers and crew. Smaller vessels, however—especially those built for river and expedition cruising—are exempt, and after taking a break in operations to evaluate new health and safety protocols, they're picking up passengers once again.
“This is a difficult decision as we recognize the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry,” the group. “However, 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… with the understanding that we will revisit a possible further extension on or before 30 September 2020.”
The decision comes weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” originally issued in March, through the end of September for larger ships subject to U.S. jurisdiction. It also comes as outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on ships in Norway.
Viking Cruises Cancels All Sailings Until 2021
“As keen as we may be to get back to exploring, for now, international travel must wait,” the cruise line's chairman said in a statement.Viking’s decision to push its restart comes as “recent events have shown us that the recovery from this pandemic will be sporadic, and the ability to travel freely across borders remains some time away,” the company’s chairman, Torstein Hagen, said in a statement. The company first paused operations on March 11.
This is CLIA’s third voluntary suspension of sailings, according to the group. If conditions change, however, the group said they will reconsider an earlier start date for sailings to resume.
Cruising has returned to other parts of the world: In both Germany and Taiwan,last month with limited capacity and social distancing measures.
However, some voyages around the world have not been successful in avoiding a coronavirus incident. American cruise line UnCruise Adventures had to end a sailing early as a passenger was notified they had tested positive for COVID-19,Passengers and crew are quarantining.
In Norway, two different cruise lines have seen outbreaks of COVID-19 on board. Norwegian expedition lineafter dozens of crew members and several passengers became sick following two different sailings on one of their ships. Earlier this month a second line, the its passengers and crew after a passenger from a previous sailing tested positive for the virus. SeaDream Yacht Club is a member of CLIA.
Surprise! Cruise Bookings Continue to Rise for 2021
Two major cruise companies surprised by strong bookings for 2021 cite loyal customers and pent-up demandAnd so, even despite the coronavirus pandemic, cruise companies and agency networks say bookings for 2021 are rising, giving the industry a much-needed ray of hope for recovery.
While it may be a while before ocean cruises in the U.S. resume when they do they likely won’t be bursting at the seams. In fact, Carnival Cruise Line’s CEO has said heuntil at least 2022.
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