Cruise Industry Upended by Coronavirus – Suspends Cruising for 30 Days

Today President Donald Trump announced that all major cruise lines have agreed to suspend cruising for 30 days. 

Roughly 45 days after the first cruise ship related coronavirus cases were reported aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship as it sailed off the coast of Japan, the cruise industry has ground to a halt at the behest of the U.S. government. “At my request, effective midnight tonight, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have all agreed to suspend outbound cruises for thirty days. It is a great and important industry – it will be kept that way,” President Donal Trump tweeted Friday evening. 

As this is a late-breaking story, cruise companies have still not had an opportunity to provide guidance to customers waiting to travel. 

The cruise industry has been extremely hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The Diamond Princess outbreak sickened 700 people with coronavirus and killed 7. Another Princess cruise ship, the Grand Princess, also suffered a coronavirus contagion that sickened dozens.