Cruise lines cancel sailings until November 1
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced on Monday its member cruise lines will all cancel cruises from the United States through October 31, 2020 due to COVID-19.
Cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and more, will voluntarily extend their suspension of sailings.
The announcement impacts cruises from the United States, although individual cruise lines have already opted to cancel cruises from other regions, such as Royal Caribbean choosing to also cancel its entire European cruise season for 2020.
CLIA issued a statement with the announcement.
"Despite the valuable alignment between CLIA's previous voluntary suspension to 15 September and the CDC's current No-Sail Order date of 30 September, we believe it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. ocean-going cruise operations to 31 October,"
"This is a difficult decision as we recognize the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry."
"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, as has occurred twice prior."
"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.
"At the same time, should conditions in the U.S. change and it becomes possible to consider short, modified sailings, we would consider an earlier restart. "