A global stop to cruise business
Also CLIA suspends travels from USA ports for 1 month
U.S. President Donald Trump asked four major cruise operators - Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC – which all agreed - to voluntarily suspend cruise ship operations from U.S. ports for 30 days, and indicated that federal support for the cruise industry could be a possibility.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) confirmed the voluntary suspension. “We do not take this decision lightly, and we want the traveling public to know in no uncertain terms the commitment of this industry to putting people first” said Adam Goldstein, CLIA Global Chairman. “During this time, we will continue to work with the CDC and others to prepare for resumption of sailings when it is appropriate. We know the travel industry is a huge economic engine for the United States and when our ships once again sail, our industry will be a significant contributor to fueling the economic recovery. The decision will have an effect in many parts of the United States and abroad, as the cruise industry draws on a nationwide (and global) supply chain; hoteliers, airlines, travel agents and other businesses that are fueled by tourism will also feel the impact”. the U.S. cruise industry supports about 420,000 jobs and generates $50 billion in economic activity.
This week NCL Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Celestyal Cruises, Windstar and newcomer Virgin Voyages announced interruptions of operations, adding to announcements made by Viking Cruises and Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, in addition to previously-announced cancellations by AIDA, Costa, Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard North America, Holland America Line and Seabourn.