It is now official, the No Sail Order from the CDC for ships departing US Ports has been extended. The order was scheduled to expire yesterday, September 30th but has now been extended until October 31st, 2020. I have read sources that the Director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, wanted to extend it through February 2021. Fortunately, that was over ruled by the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House. I believe this would have been disastrous for the cruise industry.
Remember though, this only impacts US Ports, other countries have their respective orders. Currently, MSC and Costa Cruise Line are sailing limited itineraries around Italy but the passengers are all European. No US passengers at this time.
At this time, most cruise lines included Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL had already extended their pause in operations until October 31st. At this time there are no rumblings that this will be extended but its always possible. But at this point, it does appear we will be cruising in November.
If you would like to see the full release from the CDC, you can find it here.
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