Government Shuts Down Cruise Industry for 30 Days

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Andy Harmer, UK and Ireland director of Cruise Lines International Association (Clia), said today: "As we face the prospect of new restrictions impacting our daily lives, we are all being tested, and I'm proud that our cruising community has been stepping up to the challenge".

We've reached out to each company for clarification. The measure affects all sailings until 30 April. "During this time, we will continue to work with the CDC and others to prepare for resumption of sailings when it is appropriate".

For those who are impacted, the line is offering guests the opportunity to transfer 100 per cent of the money paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice. Affected passengers will be offered future cruise credit and refund options. "Guests choosing a Future Travel Credit will have up to 24 months to travel on a Scenic Group river cruise". Guests have up until December 31, 2021 to request a full refund.

Two buses arrive next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus, at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port in Japan, on February 16, 2020.

The British-based cruise line has suspended cruise temporarily around the world.

No cruise ships will anchor in Kailua Bay through mid-April after the industry voluntarily suspended operations Friday amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It also included those who had contact with people suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus. Workers are now taking the temperature of every person on board their vessels and RCI has increased the amount doctors and nurses on their ships. "We know the travel industry is a huge economic engine for the United States and when our ships once again sail, our industry will be a significant contributor to fueling the economic recovery".

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Avalon Waterways, along with sister companies Globus and Cosmos, has suspended travel, across all destinations, through to April 30, 2020.

"We're seeing a slowdown", Mr Benford said.

The question now becomes what happens next?

MSC Cruises said in a statement emailed to The Epoch Times that it was temporarily stopping all of its USA -based cruise embarkations for 45 days until April 30.

The company was joined Carnival Corporation in the scale of the operation back to try to slow the spread of the virus.

"Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements", explained Princess.

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