Erica Flores

Cruises out of US ports will be suspended until …

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that its members will voluntarily suspend their operations outside of US ports until September 15, 2020. Its members include Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise line and, as CNBC notes, the extension goes beyond the CDC’s July 24 “no-sail” order. Carnival had previously announced that it intended to resume operations in the United States on August 1. The CLIA statement reads in part that “although we expected that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is every It is becoming clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States. ” It reflects the stark reality that the US has not made as much progress as other countries in reducing the spread of COVID-19. On May 1, Congress opened an investigation into Carnival into its response to the novel coronavirus. Australia has also opened an investigation. The cruise industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, with many wondering if it has responded adequately: Cruise line companies were not included in the March 27 stimulus package in the United States. As Sean O’Kane pointed out in March, the major companies that make up the cruise industry are not based in the US, pay very little in US federal taxes, and have a terrible environmental record. To USA Today, Caitlin Shockey, a spokeswoman for the CDC, said that “at this time, we do not have enough information to say when it will be safe for cruise ships to resume sailing.”