The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended its “no sail order” suspension on cruising in US waters until 30 September.
The previous order had been due to expire on 24 July, although Clia-member cruise lines had already voluntarily paused sailings until 15 September.
The CDC said: “We support the 19 June decision by Clia to extend voluntarily the suspension of operations for passenger cruise ship travel until 15 September. In line with Clia’s announcement of voluntary suspension of operation by its member companies, CDC has extended its no sail order to ensure that passenger operations on cruise ships do not resume prematurely."
In response, Clia said its members “remain aligned with the CDC in our commitment to public health and safety”.
The association also said it was pleased the CDC had issued a request for information regarding the cruise industry’s plans to return to service.
“As we continue to work towards the development of enhanced protocols to support the safe resumption of cruise operations around the world, we look forward to timely and productive dialogue with the CDC to determine measures that will be appropriate for ocean-going cruise operations to resume in the United States when the time is right,” Clia said.