According tomedia reports, the International Cruise Association (CLIA) announced that its member units voluntarily suspended operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020. Its members include Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line, and as CNBC points out, the extension exceeds the CDC’s July 24 “no-fly” order. Carnival had previously announced its intention to resume operations in the United States on August 1.
“While we had hoped that cruise activity would resume after that date, it is becoming increasingly clear that more time is needed to address the obstacles to the resumption of operations in the United States,” the CLIA statement said in part. “
On May 1st the U.S. Congress launched an investigation into Carnival Corp.’s response to the new coronavirus. Australia has also launched an investigation into similar issues. The cruise industry has been hit hard by the outbreak, with many questioning whether it is responding properly.
Cruise lines are not included in the March 27 stimulus package. As Sean O’Kane pointed out in March, the major companies that make up the cruise industry are not in the United States, pay little u.S. federal taxes, and have a poor environmental record.
“At this time, we don’t have enough information to say when the cruise ship will be able to resume safely,” CDC spokeswoman Caitlin Shockey said in a statement to USA Today. “