Clia has announced all ocean cruise lines will be suspending cruise ship operations from US ports of call for 30 days.
The association said the unprecedented move came as public health officials and the US government continue to address Covid-19.
At my request, effective midnight tonight, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have all agreed to suspend outbound cruises for thirty days. It is a great and important industry – it will be kept that way!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020
In a statement, Kelly Craighead, president and chief executive of Clia, said: “This is an unprecedented situation. Our industry has taken responsibility for protecting public health for more than 50 years, working under the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and prides itself on its ability to deliver exceptional vacation experiences for guests, as well as meaningful employment opportunities for crew.
“This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible.”
The temporary suspension will take effect at midnight on 14 March 2020.