June 23, 2020

CLIA Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruise Operations from U.S. Ports

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued the following statement to announce that the association’s ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until 15 September 2020.

“Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.

“Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers. We have, therefore, decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September. The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations.

“This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”

In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 jobs in the United States, with every 30 cruisers from U.S. ports supporting one American job. Each day of the suspension of cruise operations in the U.S. results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to 800 American jobs. The top 10 states benefitting economically from the Global Cruise Industry


  1. Florida
  2. California
  3. Texas
  4. New York
  5. Alaska
  6. Washington
  7. Georgia
  8. Illinois
  9. New Jersey
  10. Louisiana

CLIA Member Cruise Lines include:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Mystic Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Pearl Seas Cruises
  • PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Seabourn
  • SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Silversea Cruises
  • TUI Cruises
  • Virgin Voyages
  • Windstar Cruises


Copyright 2020 Cruise Lines International Association. All rights reserved. From https://cruising.org.

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