The voluntary suspension will apply to all vessels with capacity for 250 passengers or more
Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) ocean-going cruise line members have voluntarily suspended cruise operations from US ports until 15 September 2020.
“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,” the association said in a statement. “The current No Sail Order issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will expire on 24 July 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 US.”
Each day of the suspension results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to 800 jobs in the USA, according to CLIA.
“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 association said. “This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”
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