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Cruise industry group announces all U.S. sailings cancelled through September 15

Cruise industry group announces all U.S. sailings cancelled through September 15

COVID-19 has forced the cruise lines to cancel even more sailings, as the Cruise Lines International Association announced today U.S. based sailings are cancelled through September 15.

CLIA represents the major cruise lines, and made the announcement of the new round of cancellations.  Thus far, only Norwegian Cruise Line has made a similar announcement to support the new dates.

“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 crewmembers.  We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September.  The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations."

CLIA said it hopes this extra time will provide the opportunity to work the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to "to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States."

This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more).