We previously reported that CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) had banned cruises through mid-September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has extended their ban on U.S. cruises through the entire month of September.
The CDC’s “No Sail” order was set to expire on July 24, but has now been extended to September 30. The CDC cites “ongoing” coronavirus outbreaks aboard ships as the reason to extend the ban.
The CDC says it has been in contact with cruise lines in assessing their plans to resume operations safely. The CDC said all proposals it initially received from cruise operators have been “incomplete” and “did not fully meet all the requirements” laid out in the health agency’s April 15 no-sail extension order.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that data collected by the agency shows at least 2,973 Covid-19 infections or Covid-like illnesses, as well as 34 deaths, came from cruise ships.
“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,” Redfield wrote in the letter. “In addition, 9 ships still have ongoing or resolving COVID-19 outbreaks on board.”
Disney Cruise Line has not announced more cancelations but we expect to see an official announcement from them soon. As of right now, Disney Cruises have been canceled through September 15, the date that CLIA banned cruises through.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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