U.S. CDC to Lift Ban on Cruises in U.S. Waters, but Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Extend Voluntary Suspension Through the End of the Year

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Oct. 30, 2020, that it would soon lift a ban on cruises in U.S. waters.  The agency detailed the requirements that cruise lines must meet in order to resume operations.

The initial phase of restarting the cruise industry will require vessel operators to “demonstrate adherence to testing, quarantine and isolation, and social distancing requirements to protect crew members while they build the laboratory capacity needed to test crew and future passengers,” said the CDC.  The procedures appear to require every ship to be certified by the CDC, and it is unclear how long that process will take.

Despite the CDC’s announcement, several Cruise Lines International Association members have announced their intent to suspend U.S. cruises through the end of the year.  Included amongst those extending the voluntary suspension are Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

At BoatLaw, LLP, our dedicated attorneys know how to litigate against cruise ship companies and have the experience to confidently handle your cruise ship claim.  Coronavirus cases on cruise ships need to be assessed on a case by case basis. Consult with an experienced attorney to find out more information on how to seek compensation and to determine liability for your cruise trip injury/incident.


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