Meeting With Cruise Industry, CDC and White House Officials

Leaders from the cruise industry, the US Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, and members of the Healthy Sail Panel joined a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday to discuss a proposal to resume cruise operations in the United States.

REPORT: Cruise Industry One Step Closer to Sailing

Notes provided from the White House give a glimpse into what was discussed in Friday’s meeting.

What Happened During the Conference Call

Pence provided an overview of the current “No Sail” order, set to expire October 31, 2020, and indicated the administration shares the cruise industry’s goal of reopening the maritime economy and particularly the cruise line industry safely sailing once again.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield cautioned that the industry would have to backstop their venture to resume operations under the 74 recommendations created by the Healthy Sail

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Carnival Cruise Line is canceling most U.S. sailings through the end of this year.

It’s the latest sign that the cruise industry’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could still be many months away.

Carnival says it’s canceling sailings from all ports except its home ports of Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, but it stressed that it still might not sail from those ports in November and December.

Carnival’s announcement came the day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a ban on large cruises in U.S. waters through Oct. 31.

Carnival isn’t the only cruise liner canceling trips because of COVID-19 – Royal Caribbean and Norwegian also announced they are canceling cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announced that it was suspending all its cruises through Nov. 30.

“The Company will continue to work in

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Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) isn’t going to rock the boat. All eyes were on the country’s second largest cruise line with Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) canceling upcoming voyages earlier this month. Would Royal Caribbean stick to its November sailings, cutting it close with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) No Sail Order that was recently extended until Halloween?

If Royal Caribbean did nix voyages, would it follow Norwegian Cruise Line into just calling everything off until December? Would it be better served by walking in the footsteps of Carnival with its clever hiking trail of pushing out all but a few sailings that it will test out next month? Carnival has six ships expected to sail come November on limited itineraries out of ports in Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida.

In the end, Royal Caribbean decided to play it safe. It followed Norwegian

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Norwegian Cruise Line cancels cruises until December after CDC no-sail order extended

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has canceled cruises on its three brands — Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas — until December.

The announcement comes just days after the White House overruled a plan by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ban U.S. cruises until February 2021. Instead, the agency extended its “no-sail order” through Oct. 31. Cruise operations stopped in the U.S. in mid-March amid COVID-19 outbreaks on several ships.

Carnival Cruise Line canceled all U.S. cruises for November and December except for those that will leave from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, which are on track to restart Nov. 1. Royal Caribbean Group and MSC Cruises continue to sell cruises for November. Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages are still selling cruises for December.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group teamed up to hire a group of medical experts who published a

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CDC extends cruise ban, but Port Canaveral still ready for November

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a no-sail order for cruise lines from U.S. ports through Oct. 31, the cruise industry was already in a holding pattern until at least November. Despite the potential for a further extension in another month, Port Canaveral and at least one cruise line are prepping for the return of sailing.

Cruise lines have been under the order since mid-March as part of the CDC’s efforts to battle the spread of coronavirus, but have also voluntarily suspended sailings. All member lines to trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) had earlier this summer already halted plans to get back to business until at least Nov. 1.

So now with the CDC update, the dates match, but it could have been longer.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s extension, media outlets including Axios and The New York Times reported the head of the CDC wanted

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CDC Extends No-Sail Order to Oct. 31 but Remains Skeptical of Cruise Safety

A Carnival Panorama cruise ship is seen docked in Long Beach, Calif., on a recent day.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its no-sail order for cruise ships until Oct. 31, giving the industry a begrudging signal that its U.S. operations could resume by the end of the year.

The CDC, in extending its order late Wednesday, didn’t paint a rosy picture for the cruise companies. “Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of [Covid-19]—even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities—and would likely spread the infection into U.S. communities if passenger operations were to resume prematurely in the United States,” the agency said in a statement.

Shares of the big three cruise companies were flat to down slightly Thursday after the news.

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CDC Extends Ban On Cruises From U.S. Ports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a ban on cruises from U.S. ports. The new “no sail” order, issued late Wednesday, expires Oct. 31.

The CDC suspended cruises from U.S. ports in March after there were coronavirus outbreaks on a number of ships, with at least 41 deaths. In this extension, the federal agency says: “Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.” The CDC says the outbreaks have occurred, despite health and safety protocols adopted by the cruise lines. And the agency says the need for additional testing, isolation and contact tracing “significantly burdened public health authorities.”

Axios and The New York Times are reporting that CDC Director Robert Redfield wanted to extend the “no sail” order to next February, but was overruled by the White House.

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Cruises in U.S. waters halted until at least November, CDC says

Cruise ships will be barred from sailing in U.S. waters for at least another month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Wednesday, extending its “no sail” order through October.

That’s a far shorter extension than what the CDC originally proposed to the White House coronavirus task force, which was that cruise ships should not sail until at least February.

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But the February extension was nixed after a meeting between the CDC and members of the task force, according to officials familiar with the situation.

“Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC said in a press release, “even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities—and would likely spread the infection into U.S. communities if passenger operations were to resume prematurely

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The Disney Dream leaves on a cruise from Port Canaveral in March, just prior to the suspension of cruises because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially extended its “no-sail order” for U.S.-based cruise ships through Oct. 31.

The CDC said it is not confident that changes the cruise industry has implemented in Europe to curb the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships that have resumed sailing there are working adequately. It said it is still too risky to allow resumption of cruise voyages from U.S. ports.

“Recent passenger voyages in foreign countries continue to have outbreaks, despite cruise ship operators having extensive health and safety protocols to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 on board, and spread to communities where passengers disembark,” the CDC said in a statement. “When health and safety protocols were apparently observed, resuming

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