On June 19, 2020, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) announced their decision to extend their voluntary suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020.
CLIA initially suspended operations from U.S ports in mid-March as the U.S. government addressed the COVID-19 pandemic. Then on March 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a No Sail Order “for all cruise ships in waters in which the U.S. ‘may exert jurisdiction.’” The order also applied to ships that carry 250 or more people. That order was also extended and is now set to expire on July 24, 2020.
CLIA’s statement is forward-looking. “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,” CLIA said. The statement also references the ongoing work CLIA is doing with CDC: “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,” according to the statement.