US-based Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has extended its members’ voluntary suspension of American cruise operations until at least 31st October, 2020
This is the third extension to be announced by the association, and follows the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ‘No-Sail Order’, which currently runs through September.
“Despite the valuable alignment between CLIA’s previous voluntary suspension to 15th September and the CDC’s current ‘No-Sail Order’ date of 30th September, we believe it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of US ocean-going cruise operations to 31st October,” CLIA said in a statement.
“This is a difficult decision as we recognise 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 30th September 2020
“At the same time, should conditions in the US change and it becomes possible to consider short, modified sailings, we would consider an earlier restart,” CLIA said.
Most cruise operators have already cancelled cruises through October,
CLIA claimed that that for each day cruising is suspended, some $110 mill dollars in economic activity and 800 US jobs, are lost.
According to a recent Economic Impact Study, the suspensions have severely impacted the US states of Florida, Texas, Alaska, Washington, New York and California, where most US-based cruise activity is concentrated.