Cruise ships without passengers will visit Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles will be welcoming an array of cruise ships to its port without any passengers onboard, in an effort to help cruise lines get back to service.
The visits for fuel, supplies and services are part of the cruise lines’ operations to reestablish the ships in U.S. waters as a prerequisite to meet federal regulations in order to resume cruising in the future.
Princess Cruises, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships are scheduled to send ships arriving in Los Angeles this week and through the new year, periodically docking at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal for fuel, food, supplies, and/or services.
The Port of Los Angeles is expecting more than two dozen cruise ship calls through early February.
The cruise industry has been shutdown since March, and it it is not clear when cruises will resume in the United States. In the meantime, cruise lines need to demonstrate to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) they have safeguards in place to keep guests and crew members safe.
The Port of Los Angeles has pledged to work with the CDC, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and other emergency and public health agencies.
In addition to increased precautions to minimize community spread of and exposure to COVID-19, cruise ship safety implementations while at berth include Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (PSSC) training and Marine Evacuation System (MES) replacement.