Cruise Lines Delay Voyages Until September 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises extend operation suspension
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The holding company operating the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands announced an extension of its suspension of global cruise voyages to include all voyages embarking between August 1 and September 30, 2020.

These voyage cancellations exclude the September 2020 Seattle-based Alaska voyages.

Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced on June 16, 2020, select voyages have been canceled through October 2020, including Canada and New England sailings, due to travel and port restrictions.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a combined fleet of 28 ships with approximately 59,150 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 490 destinations worldwide.

Furthermore, Norwegian stated it will continue to work in tandem with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal government, and global public health authorities to take all necessary precautions to ensure the health, safety, and security of guests, crew and the communities visited.

On April 20, 2020, the CDC reissued a Level 3 Travel Alert that recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide.

The CDC states: ‘Cruise passengers are at increased risk of the person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on several cruise ships.’

And, ‘Cruise travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.’

As an example, on February 16, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press statement, the government recommends that the U.S. citizens on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked near Toyko, Japan, disembark and immediately return to the USA. 

Furthermore, foreign health officials may implement quarantine procedures if they identify a case of COVID-19 disease aboard your cruise ship. 

And, if you disembark in a foreign port, you might not be able to receive appropriate medical care or be medically evacuated if you get sick, says the CDC.

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