Cruise Lines International Association: Suspension of Operations from U.S. Ports Extended to September 15

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Current CDC No Sail Order will expire July 24

The Cruise Lines International Association announced that the association’s ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020. (Port Canaveral image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Cruise Lines International Association announced that the association’s ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020.

“Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, Cruise Lines International Association member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations.

The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on July 24, 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 a resumption in the United States.

“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,” said Cruise Lines International Association officials in a release.

“We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 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.”

In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 jobs in the United States, with every 30 cruisers from U.S. ports supporting one American job. (Port Canaveral image)

In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 jobs in the United States, with every 30 cruisers from U.S. ports supporting one American job.

Each day of the suspension of cruise operations in the U.S. results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to 800 American jobs.

For more information about the economic impact of the cruise industry in the United States, including the top ten states benefitting from cruise activity, please visit CLIA 2018 Economic Analysis.

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