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Norwegian cancels all remaining 2020 cruises

NCL Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) announced on Monday that it has cancelled all of its December 2020 cruises

NCLH, which also owns Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, made the announcement a few days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) opened the door for cruises to conditionally restart.

A statement from NCLH was released with today's announcement, "The company will continue to work in tandem with global government and public health authorities and its Healthy Sail Panel expert advisors to take all necessary measures to protect its guests, crew and the communities visited."

NCL Getaway aerial in St. Thomas

Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Group partnered to create the Healthy Sail Panel, which is a blue ribbon group of scientists and health experts to create a series of new health protocols so that cruises could restart safely.

The Healthy Sail Panel came up with 74 recommendations, which are the backbone for the entire cruise industry's basis for getting approval from the CDC to restart cruises.

On Friday, the CDC lifted the No Sail order that was set to expire on October 31 and replaced with the Conditional Sailing Order that will allow cruise lines to prove their new protocols work.