As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, cruise lines quickly canceled routes and delayed the launching of new ones. While borders are opening back up gradually and airlines are re-opening some routes, major cruise line operators are still suffering.
Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises just extended their cruise suspensions all the way through the end of September. Some additional voyages have been canceled through October.
All voyages that were set to depart from August 1 all the way to September 30, with the exception of Seattle-based Alaska sailings, have been canceled. As mentioned, a handful of sailings in October have also been canceled by all three cruise lines.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., the parent company of all three cruise lines, remains optimistic and expects that it will relaunch operations in the near future. Prior to the latest extension, the cruise giant had planned to resume all of its routes in August. That said, expect a gradual process when operations resume; it may take several months.
Once operations resume, cruising may look a little different. Both passengers and crew members will have to go through a pre-embarkation health screening. There will also be temperature checks and health screening throughout the trip. Of course, social distancing will be enforced, and there will be reduced capacity for onboard activities.
While the CDC has a no-sail order that is set to expire on July 24, don't expect to see things return to normal right away. While Carnival plans to resume sailings after the CDC's no-sail order expires, it currently only has plans to resume sailing for eight of its ships on August 1. Royal Caribbean, for its part, canceled New England, Canada and Alaska sailings all the way through October whereas Princess Cruises extended its cancellation of many sailings through October.