"HHS Secretary Azar and CDC Director Redfield touched on their commitment to the collaborative effort that produced the Healthy Sail Panel's 74 recommendations, and the Federal government's support of the industry to safely and responsibly sail again, but cautioned that the cruise industry would have to backstop their venture to resume operations," noted a readout of the call between the participants.The CDC's "No-Sail" Order is still in effect through October 31, 2020.Most cruise lines have cancelled their voyages through November 30, including Carnival Cruise Line, which yesterday suspended November voyages that were due to depart from Port Canaveral and PortMiami.As recently as last week, cruise executives had been optimistic that cruise operations could restart from the United States before the end of 2020.Only one line -- Palm Beach, FL-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line -- still tentatively plans to restart oceangoing voyages from the United States in November, with two-night sailings to the Bahamas aboard Grand Celebration kicking off on November 4.
(Updated 12:09 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in globally as the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread.
In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic.
In additon, a number of ports throughout the world and the Caribbean are barring ships from docking.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 4 "do not travel" health advisory for travel abroad. The U.K.'s Foreign & Common