If you were holding out hope for a late summer cruise, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. On July 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it will extend its No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation through September 30 to ensure cruise ships do not begin operating again prematurely.
The cruise ban was first announced by the CDC back in March, applying to vessels with a capacity of over 250 people. Smaller vessels, including river cruises within the US, will be allowed to resume as soon as August. This is the second extension of the ban, which was originally set to expire on July 24.
In a statement, the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) said, “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.”
When cruises do resume, the CLIA promises that new safety measures will be in effect. These include pre-boarding health screenings, deep cleaning operations, virus prevention training for crew, reduced passenger capacity, and more. United States ports have also implemented new safety precautions.