Several ocean-going cruise lines are to extend the suspension of cruise operations from US ports until September 15th, industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced on Friday June 19th.
The no sail order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to expire on July 24th.
The CLIA said that “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’s members include leading international cruise line companies Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines and MSC Cruises.
CLIA said that the latest voluntary suspension would apply to members that operated vessels with a capacity of 250 persons or more.
The Association said that “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,” the trade association said. “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.”