Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a cruise line trade organization, announced Friday that all member cruise ships departing from the U.S. will remain docked until at least September due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
CLIA said it will voluntarily suspend all sailings from U.S. ports until September 15, which will give it time to make sure its health safety measures are sufficient when departures eventually resume. CLIA represents cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Line.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had originally set an expiration of July 24 for its no-sail order. CLIA said it’s taking extra time out of an abundance of caution. That extra time will go toward helping to ensure that all measures “will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations."
"Although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States,” CLIA said in a statement.
Preparing for safe cruises
The organization added that it’s “confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures.”
"This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more)," the statement continued. "CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary."
"CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary,” the group said.