Updated April 20, 2020
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has all but halted travel around the globe.
Also known as COVID-19, the pandemic is unfolding at a speed that has created an atmosphere of uncertainty, with countries closing their borders and quarantining residents.
For now, cruising is at a virtual standstill, as every cruise line has voluntarily suspended operations. Travel is a personal choice, and we encourage cruisers to check for the most recent and relevant updates. Cruise Critic is well-positioned to assist in informing travelers throughout this challenging period -- and when ready, to assist in recovery efforts.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended its "no sail" order for cruise ships in early April for 100 days, or when the pandemic ends. We've been staying on top of the situation, updating our stories with that information along with cruise line responses and changes to cancellation policies, and affected ports and cruise ships.
Read on for a wrap-up of how the virus is affecting cruise, ways you can protect yourself, and tools and resources for staying abreast of this fast-developing situation.
How will it affect cruise planning?
On March 13, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced its member lines has suspended operations for 30 days; most cruise lines since announced they planned to remain shut down for longer, with return dates scheduled anywhere between mid-May and into August. Superceding those dates is the order from the CDC, which could see cruise ships docked until mid-July, if not longer.
How are cruise lines changing their cancellation policies?
Because the situation is evolving, many cruise lines have adopted more flexible cancellation policies, allowing passengers to cancel cruises in some cases up to 48 hours before scheduled departure.
To find out how cruise lines are handling cancellations, read Cruise Critic's article on flexible policies.
How are cruise ports reacting?
Virtually every port in the world is temporarily closed to cruise traffic.
Read the latest information on which ports are closed and for how long.
Where can I learn more?
Cruise Critic answers frequently asked questions about what cruisers need to know.
Additionally, Here’s a roundup of resources for learning more about COVID-19:
World Health Organization
By region and country:
Department of Health