CLIA Announces Further Suspension of Cruise Operations from U.S. Ports

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The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced on Friday, June 19 that the association’s ocean-going cruise line members have voluntarily extended the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020. In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a ‘No Sail Order’ for cruise ships to sail from U.S. ports. This order is set to run through July 24, 2020. 


"Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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," said the CLIA in a statement. 

“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 crewmembers. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September. 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 the 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.”

The following cruise lines had already set their return to sail dates following September 15, 2020 so they may not be affected by this change:



Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria are scheduled to resume cruising on November 2, 2020. Queen Elizabeth is slated to resume on November 24, 2020.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic sailings are slated to resume on October 3, 2020. Disney Wonder is scheduled to start sailing again on September 15, 2020. Disney Dream and Fantasy are slated to sail on July 28, 2020. 

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line plans to resume sailings on October 1, 2020. Canada/New England sailings have been canceled for the season, with the exception of Seattle-based Alaska sailings on Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy, which continue to be scheduled to operate. 

Oceania Cruises 

Oceania Cruises plans to resume sailings on October 1, 2020.

P&O Cruises 

P&O Cruises will resume sailings on October 16, 2020. 

Pullmantur Cruises

Pullmantur plans to resume sailings on November 15, 2020. 

Regent Seven Seas

Regent Seven Seas plans to resume sailings on October 1, 2020.


Seabourn has paused operation of its five ships through October and November 2020. Ships are slated to resume operation oin the following dates: Seabourn Odyssey - November 21, 2020; Seabourn Sojourn - October 14, 2020; Seabourn Quest - November 7, 2020; Seabourn Ovation - November 7, 2020; Seabourn Encore - October 20, 2020. 

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has delayed the official launch of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, which will now operate its first passenger cruise on October 16, 2020.

Check out our Cruise Lines Announce Return to Sailing Dates article for the latest on return to sailing dates as we receive updates. 

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