Looks like the sabbatical could continue a bit longer

So now, at least in Aus. cruising is on hold till at the earliest Sept 17


I would expect to possible see similar happenings in EU and possibly US. I see yesterday that NCL declared no sailings until August. It ids getting closer and they still have to get measures in place .. crew back .. and trained for this. I am begging to wonder if we will see any cruising in 2020

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Reasonable question. but its clear the cruise lines aren't in charge...fortunately.....Long time posters (or lurkers) have come to realize that over the years, the industry as a whole has a record of safety/health/rules regulations violations miles long. Expecting them to be good corporate stewards on their own lets the fox loose in the henhouse. Unfortunately, there is a cure for our addiction, despite jokes to the contrary...its called cold turkey..and that's EXACTLY what we're doing....

Actually for Carnival, that's an earlier sailing date from Australia than previously planned. As we have all been saying, "we won't know for sure until it happens".

I don't think it matters much who sails first, or even from where...The whole world will be watching those cruise ships......can you imagine...….well...I better stop there....sad, sad situation....

Honestly, if it keeps people safe, I don't have an issue with it. That's why I booked my cruise a year and a half out. Hopefully by that time, this whole mess will be over with.

Unfortunately, I just don't think all the "preventive measures" and social distancing, and hand washing are going to matter. There are more than enough holier-than-thou types who won't cooperate, or are above it all, or who just don't care. Just get ONE case on a cruise ship...whether its a geezer or an infant or anything in between, and its game over...Just what d'you think the chances are of that NOT happening? If they sail, we'll be on it...that's our decision, with or without masks, as of this moment...theres still the chance (and its a good one) that they'll cancel, again.

This continuously, evolving new world will dictate the new travel industry. It will not be as it is but what it will be is anyone's guess right now. Gonna be a slow roll out.

Well, in this regard, Canada has suspended large cruise ships until at least October. I have a cruise booked for Feb 2021, however, we may not be able to fly out of Canada and back without the self isolation thing. The big picture would be to hold off cruising and vacations until we are sure that there will not be a second or third wave due to this virus being spread on a cruise ship or resort.

Should cruising return too soon and an outbreak occurs, whatever to source, the hit to the industry would be devastating. Same for parks, stadiums mega malls. As much as I want to get out more and resume the few social events that we have done in the past, I have to ask the question, Is it worth the negative effect if I become infected.

I have been watching a few YouTube channels from Crew of different cruise lines, they still are trying to get crew members home and to get ships into warm storage. If the lines thought they would be open in a few weeks I do not think they would be going to such trouble and expense of sending crew home. Some of the lines are cruising the crew home since they can not get international flights. RCI has offered some crew the choice to stay on the ship after contract is over or be sent home. One crew member that I watch has chosen to stay on the ship that is clean and free of the virus. the line has moved them into guest cabins, given them free internet and free food. He has not been om land for over 100 days and he chose to stay on the ship with his girlfriend.

I do not see a major return to cruising until a vaccine is out for Covid 19. A lot of cruisers are older people and being older more prone to underlying health condition.

As John stated if cruising returns to early and more ships get outbreaks, it could be devastating to the cruise industry.

Makes sense JusMe. But with that in mind then I certainly must question the ethics and moral standards of the cruise lines. I have (had) a cruise to NE Canada booked for sailing Sept 8. On Friday the Canadian gov banned all ships with overnight accommodations that carry more that 100 passengers from Canadian waters through Oct 30. This effectively means that my cruise and any other Canada NE cruise sailing before Nov 1 is a no go. Yet yesterday I went onto the NCL web sight and I was still able to purchase a cruise within this time from and they would happily take my money for a cruise they already know that they are unable to deliver on. This is tantamount to fraud or at least bait and switch. I agree that with the announcement being made on a Friday afternoon that by Saturday afternoon it is too early to have any answers BUT they should at the least stop selling cabins for the affected cruises as many of those are after final payment date, I am sorry but that is just not right,

Well said!

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