The Center For Disease Control Has Extended The No Sail Order For All US Ports Through September
On July 16, 2020 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced they would be extending the No Sail Order for all ships sailing out of or through a United States port through September 30, 2020.
The CDC’s No Sail order has been in place since March 14. The order had previously been set to expire on July 24.
The order will remain in effect until the end of September. Unless the Director of the CDC, Robert Redfield rescinds or modifies the order. Or the Secretary of Health and Human Services declares that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency.
“The guest profile on typical cruise ship voyages matches those at greatest risk for severe illness which may require hospitalization and need for respiratory support,” the CDC said in a statement.
Additionally, the CDC pointed menioned that the population density on cruise ships is typically higher than urban settings. Even when those populations are lowered, they still observed an ongoing spread due to the congregated setting.
The Cruise Industry
The $45 billion cruise industry has been slammed by coronavirus with ships being docked for months. Popular cruise line Carnival recently reported a $4.4 billion quarterly loss back in May of this year. With the no sail order extended, there is no relief in site for the cruise industry.
Many in the industry had already decided to extend their cancellations through at least mid-September.
On June 19, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading trade organization for the cruise industry made a statement. Their member cruise lines would voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. cruise operations until Sept. 15 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to play out. CLIA represents the interests of more than 50 cruise lines in the industry.
These include the three big cruise giants, Norwegian (Sept. 30), Royal Caribbean (Sept. 15.) and Carnival Corp. (Sept. 30) and many of their subsidiaries.
Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises also announced schedule changes and ship repositionings causing a domino effect that resulted in the cancellation of at least 30 cruises, some into the winter.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.