CDC Extends ‘No Sail Order’ for All Cruise Ships 100-Plus Days
The United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an extension of its “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships by a minimum of an additional 100-days, or until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longe considered a world-wide health emergency.
Currently, sitting just off the coast of the U.S. there are over 100-cruise ships – all with no passengers – but will nearly 80,000 crew members aboard.
At least 20-ships are either anchored or in-port in the U.S. have suspected or known cases of COVID-19 amongst its crew members.
The cruise industry suspended its operations mid-March after a several outbreaks of COVID-19 were experienced both internationally and domestically aboard ships.
Some cruise lines still have new embarkations scheduled for as soon as May – however, those will be soon cancelled due to this new directive issued by the US CDC.
The good news? You’re not going to lose your deposit or monies paid to the cruise lines. All cruise lines are currently issuing, what we in the industry call, “FCC” — or Future Cruise Credits. Think of these like a voucher which can be used in the future for a cruise of your choice – typically before 2021 or 2022 depending on the cruise line.
When you’re ready to re-book, you just need to contact your preferred travel advisor (or if you don’t have one, call Christine from Cruise Planners at 561-705-0899) and start the research and booking process.
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