US – CDC has extended its “No Sail Order” until September 30, 2020.
The CDC order originally was until July 24, but many cruse lines had extended out cancellations as late as early September already.
Cruise ships have been under the no sail order since March 14th heavily impacting the business. This decision was made when a outbreak of COVId-19 at sea on one of the sail ships infecting a good portion of the crew and passengers.
Cumulative CDC data from the period of March 1 to July 10, 2020 reveal a total of 2,973 COVID-19 or COVID-like illness cases on cruise ships, in addition to 34 deaths. These data have also revealed a total of 99 outbreaks on 123 different cruise ships, meaning that 80% of ships within U.S. jurisdiction were affected by COVID-19 during this time frame. In addition, 9 ships still have ongoing or resolving COVID-19 outbreaks on board.
The challenges described in this document highlight the need for further action prior to cruise ships’ resuming passenger operations. CDC supports the decision by the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and its members to voluntarily extend the suspension of operations for passenger cruise ship travel. However, because not all cruise ship operators subject to the No Sail Order are members of CLIA or have made similar commitments, CDC is extending its No Sail Order to ensure that passenger operations do not resume prematurely.