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Clia extends voluntary pause of cruises

Members won't sail out of US ports until at least September 15

Clia has issued a statement announcing that it is to voluntarily extended the suspension of cruise operations from US ports until September 15.

“Due to the ongoing situation within the US 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 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on July 24, 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 crew members. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from US ports until September 15. 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.”

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