Cruise Industry Voluntarily Suspends Cruising Through 2020

After a year beset by failed plans to return to operations, the cruise industry has thrown in the towel. The major cruise lines have canceled itineraries through the end of 2020 as a result of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced a plan under which cruise lines may return to cruising, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has apparently caused the industry to take some additional time before returning to operations. Perhaps coronavirus outbreaks on certain European cruise ships that have recently returned to operations have served as a cautionary example for other cruise companies.

A report on the cruise industry’s decision quoted a CDC statement as saying, “Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel facilitates and amplifies transmission of Covid-19 — even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities — and would likely spread the disease into US communities if passenger operations were to resume in the United States without public health oversight.”

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the decision on Monday. CLIA is a representation and lobbying organization representing the world’s largest cruise lines.

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