No Sail Order For Cruise Ships Extended Through September 30, 2020

The official warning against travel by cruise ship due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — which was issued on Sunday, March 8, 2020 by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States — will likely remain in effect through Wednesday, September 30, 2020 because of an extension of the No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No Sail Order For Cruise Ships Extended Through September 30, 2020

The original No Sail Order for cruise ships became effective as of Saturday, March 14, 2020 when Robert R. Redfield — who is the current director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — had reason to believe that cruise ship travel may continue to introduce, transmit, or spread the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and issued the order, which was renewed on Thursday, April 9, 2020 and extended again on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Greater than 13 million passengers from the United States embarked on cruise ships for travel in 2018, according to this report by the Cruise Lines International Association — which has posted information, facts, and resources pertaining to how the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has affected the cruise line industry.

The No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation; Notice of Modification and Extension and Other Measures Related to Operations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in effect until one of the following occurs:

  • The expiration of the declaration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus constitutes a public health emergency,
  • The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations, or
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Summary

This aforementioned official warning from the federal government of the United States is one in a series of events which has negatively dominated the cruise ship industry over the past several months, as the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has prompted cruise ship companies to change policies — such as allow cancellations prior to sailing, and implement mandatory temperature screenings to the procedure of checking in aboard a cruise ship.

In response to the question of whether the cruise industry will recover, the official response from the Cruise Lines International Association is as follows: “Our colleagues across the cruise industry, and the communities we serve, are facing a challenge that is unprecedented in scale. The global cruise industry supports over 1.17 million jobs around the world, including travel agents, suppliers, and service providers across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors. Unfortunately, every day of the suspension results in thousands of those jobs lost. Still, people love to cruise, and that is part of what makes the cruise industry so resilient in the face of adversity. We are confident that people will return to the seas when the time is right, just as they will return to restaurants, bars, movie theaters and the like. Despite current challenges, the cruise community will emerge from this global crisis stronger and even better than before.”

This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2 or HCoV-19 or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 — pandemic in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources…

…as well as attempt to maintain a reasoned and sensible ongoing discussion towards how to resolve this pandemic.

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