Cruise Lines Cancel Cruises Through November
Don’t plan on going on a cruise soon! While this doesn’t come as a huge shock at this point, the world’s leading ocean cruise line brands have agreed to suspend U.S. cruise operations until at least October 31, 2020. I wouldn’t be surprised if this extension goes on even longer.
Cruise Lines International Association Announces Cruise Cancellations
Here is the statement released by Cruise Lines International Association:
Despite the valuable alignment between CLIA’s previous voluntary suspension to 15 September and the CDC’s current No-Sail Order date of 30 September, we believe it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. ocean-going cruise operations to 31 October. This is a difficult decision as we recognize 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 30 September 2020. At the same time, should conditions in the U.S. change and it becomes possible to consider short, modified sailings, we would consider an earlier restart.
What Comes Next?
After this announcement Carnival released a statement of their own confirming the same dates. They will offer guests a future cruise credit + onboard credit or a full refund. I expect most major cruise lines will follow the same dates and refund system as Carnival.
According to the CLIA the cruise line industry supports 421,000 American jobs and generates $53 billion in economic activity in the United States. No doubt the absence of the cruise lines has left a huge hole in many of the ports and communities where these ships dock as well.
Update: Royal Caribbean has now announced the news for their cruise lines as well.
Cruise Lines Cancel Cruises Through November – Bottom Line
The cruise industry as a whole has paused cruises departing from the United States through at least October 31, 2020. I wouldn’t be surprised if this date gets pushed back even more.
Are you excited to get back on a ship when things finally open back up?
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