The Cruise Industry Accepts 2020 is Over, Looks to 2021
The vacation cruise industry has accepted it cannot restart operations this year.
Major cruise lines Carnival and Norwegian recently extended a halt on cruises through the end of the year. Then, the cruise industry representative group said Tuesday that its members have agreed they would not sail for the rest of 2020.
The announcement comes just days after the U.S. government effectively lifted its no-sail order, even though there is a worldwide increase in coronavirus infections.
Cruise Lines International Association represents 95 percent of cruise lines, including Princess, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean. It said its members have voluntarily decided to shut down cruise operations in the U.S. through the end of the year.
Members "will use the remainder of the year to prepare for...extensive measures to address COVID-19 safety" with the guidance of public health experts and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the association said.
On Friday, federal health officials announced new rules permiting large cruise ships to start sailing again in U.S. waters, but not immediately. The CDC will require that ship owners must test all passengers and crew at the start and end of each cruise. Only seven-day cruises will be permitted.
In March, the CDC ordered cruise ships to stop sailing to the U.S. after several outbreaks showed officials that the ships were spreading COVID-19 infection. The announcement last week brings the no-sail order to an end.
The cruise industry closed for business in the middle of March because of the virus. The cruise industry estimates the economy lost $25 billion in economic activity and about 164 American jobs.
The CDC's new rules say that, in order to start carrying passengers, the companies must show they can test and quarantine anyone who gets the virus. Among other requirements, they will have to build testing laboratories on all ships and make their own plans to isolate or quarantine passengers at ports, if needed.
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嘉年华邮轮公司(Carnival)和挪威邮轮公司(Norwegian)这两家主要的邮轮公司最近延长了停航时间，直至今年年底 。然后，邮轮行业代表组织在周二表示，其成员已经同意在2020年的剩余时间里不再出海 。
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周五，联邦卫生官员宣布了新的规定，允许大型邮轮再次在美国水域航行，但并非即刻复航 。美国疾控中心将要求船东在每次巡航始末都必须对所有乘客和船员进行检测 。邮轮航行时间不得超过7天 。
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由于疫情，邮轮行业在3月中旬关闭 。邮轮业估计，经济活动损失了250亿美元，美国人失去了164个工作岗位 。
疾控中心的新规定称，为了开始运载乘客，这些公司必须证明能够检测和隔离任何感染病毒的人员 。在其他的要求中，他们必须在所有船只上建立检测实验室，并在需要时制定自身计划在港口隔离或检疫旅客 。