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CLIA extends operating pause from US ports to Sept. 15

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Cruise Lines International Association members are voluntarily extending the suspension of cruise operations from US ports until Sept. 15.

Ongoing COVID-19 outbreak stateside

'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 will expire on 24 July, 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,' CLIA said.

Erring on the side of caution

'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.'

CLIA said the additional time will allow the association to consult with CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations.

This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA member lines with ships that carry 250 people or more.