As we wait for cruising to return, please share your thoughts on the best way to plan and book your cruise.(11:10 a.m. EDT) -- Cruise line executives joined forces at a Miami public meeting this week to tell lawmakers the industry was ready to resume a return to service, based on appropriate and science-based health and safety protocols."Enough is enough," Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said in passionate remarks before the Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee meeting September 10. "The cruise industry is close to devastation. … We've got to get back to work."During the meeting, cruise line executives including Arnold Donald of Carnival Corporation; Rick Sasso of MSC Cruises; and Michael Bayley of Royal Caribbean International told lawmakers about the work the companies have been doing to develop stringent protocols to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks onboard.The meeting also included a strong rebuke of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by some of Miami's elected officials, who criticized the public health body for unfairly singling out the cruise industry and stalling talks of service resumption while others in the hospitality industry, such as airlines and hotels and resorts, have continued operating.The CDC has issued a "no sail" order on cruising from U.S. ports through October 1, although most cruise lines have voluntarily canceled cruises through October 31. As of Sunday, cruise lines will have been out of service for six months because of COVID-19.
Confidence is on the rise -- in Europe at least -- as dozens of river cruise ships ply the rivers and canals of Europe.
In fact, river cruises have been operating safely here since June -- and I was fortunate enough to be on one of the first, A-ROSA on the Douro.
(There has been just one COVID-19 outbreak, on a Croisi river cruise ship in Portugal at the end of its cruise, infecting two passengers and five crew members.)
However, all these lines have one thing in common -- they are all European. The huge fleets from U.S.-based cruise lines in Europe such as Viking, Uniworld and AmaWaterways are idle, except for one.
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