Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) members are to voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations at US ports to 15th September, 2020.
The association said; “Due to the ongoing situation within the US related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations.
“The current ‘No Sail Order’ issued by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24th July, and 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 US.
“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 crew members. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from US ports until 15th September.
“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.
“This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the ‘No Sail Order’ applies (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary,” the statement concluded.
In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 US jobs, with every 30 guests from US ports supporting one American job. Each day of the US cruise activity suspension results in a total loss of about $110 mill in economic activity and up to 800 American jobs, CLIA said.