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U.S. Cruise Lines Shutting Down Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Carnival and Norwegian are among the cruise lines that have expanded their pause on sailings.

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 Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises are the latest cruise lines to expand the suspension of their operations due to the worsening Covid-19 pandemic. The three lines announced they plan to resume sailing in May.

Last week, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. extended its sailing suspension through May 12, 2020. RCCL's four brands, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara and Silversea, were originally set to resume sailing on April 11. 

Below is the latest information for the following cruise lines; For further details, contact the operators directly. 

AmaWaterways

A March 16th statement from the company stated that the cruise line has suspended its European river cruise fleet sailings until June 30, 2020. "The health and safety of our guests, and the wellbeing of our staff and crew, are of the utmost importance and we must be vigilant and responsible in ensuring your safety during these uncertain times," AmaWaterways said. 

Avalon Waterways

Due to ongoing changes regarding COVID-19, Avalon Waterways has suspended cruises to all its destinations until April 30, 2020.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival has paused service from March 14 through May 11, 2020, for its North American fleet. "We are sorry to share the news that Carnival Cruise Line is temporarily pausing service..." Christine Duffy, president, said in a statement. "...We extend our sincere apologies for the disruption of your plans and trust you understand this decision was made with everyone's best interest at heart."

Celestyal Cruises

All Celestyal Cruises sailings have been suspended until May 1, 2020. "We all currently face a situation that it is unknown, extraordinary, unpredictable, and constantly changing and, as a result, is causing major disruption to travel," the cruise line said in a March 13th statement. "As the World Health Organization recently said, every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight against COVID-19 and Celestyal Cruises is following this advice and that of health professionals and regulators around the world, and acting accordingly in order to reduce the risk of quarantine or medical detentions for our guests and crew.

Disney Cruises

In an abundance of caution, Disney Cruises has cancelled all departures from March 14 through April 28, 2020. The company said in a statement that the Disney Wonder vessel, which is currently in the midst of a westbound Panama Canal cruise, will continue on its scheduled itinerary, with guests disembarking in San Diego on Friday, March 20. All other ships have already returned to port.

MSC Cruises

has cancelled its Caribbean cruises scheduled for March 14 through May 29, 2020. Details are outlined in a statement on the company's website.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded its pause on cruises through May 10, 2020.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean has suspended sailings of its global fleet. According to RCCL's orginal statement posted on the company's website "after the decision was made on March 13th to voluntarily suspend our sailings departing from US ports." The company extended the resume date to May 12 on March 24.

Princess Cruises

In a March 12 statement, the cruise line revealed it would voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships, impacting voyages departing March 12 to May 10.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld has suspended all European itineraries until April 23.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises has halted its river and ocean cruise operations until May 1, according to a statement on the company's website.

Virgin Voyages

The new cruise line has postponed the April 1 maiden sailing of the 2,700-passenger Scarlet Lady. In a statement, Richard Branson and Tom McAlpin said "We know many of you are very excited to sail on Scarlet Lady, and we can tell you after spending time on board, she has captured all of our hearts But at this time, much of our attention is focused, rightly, on the current global health crisis. Uur team has made the very difficult decision to postpone the Showcase Tour launch and inaugural sailing season for Scarlet Lady until July 15, with our maiden voyage taking place August 7.