CLIA Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruise Operations from U.S. Ports Until September 15, 2020

Today, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced, on behalf of member cruise lines, a further suspension of U.S departures. Disney Cruise Line has not made any announcements, but they are a CLIA member cruise line.

The following is the statement issued by CLIA.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued the following statement today to announce that the association’s ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until 15 September 2020.

“Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations.  The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.

“Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers.  We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September.  The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations.  

“This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”

In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 jobs in the United States, with every 30 cruisers from U.S. ports supporting one American job. Each day of the suspension of cruise operations in the U.S. results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to 800 American jobs. For more information about the economic impact of the cruise industry in the United States, including the top ten states benefitting from cruise activity, please visit: CLIA 2018 Economic Analysis.

Established in 1975, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience.

This announcement now puts the following 24 Disney Cruise departures on the chopping block.

Disney Dream

Disney Fantasy

At this time, Disney Cruise Line no longer shows any bookable cruises for August and even the full month of September.

DCL Cruise Search August September 2020 20200619

The next bookable sailings on are as follows:

It is worth noting, the Disney Dream is slated for a dry dock in October which is the primary reason there are no October dates.

6 Replies to “CLIA Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruise Operations from U.S. Ports Until September 15, 2020”

  1. Siren Chudgar

    I am starting to wonder if we will sail at all out of FL in 2020. We have Fantasy for week of Christmas 2020, but am no longer optimistic that it will sail at all. Cases keep going up in FL and I suspect will only get worse once Flu season arrives here in earnest.

  2. Paul T

    It appears that our 8/23 cruise on the Fantasy is going to be gone and our 11/13 Very Merry on the Dream could very well be in jeopardy.

  3. Deann fromTexas

    Being over 65 we were advised by our doctor not to chance our Very Merry Christmas cruise out of Galveston December 2020. We tearfully cancelled and got our money back. We still have another “save my place” good until mid July 2021 from another trip. Hopefully we will be able to use it. I hope so cause we are looking forward to cruising DCL again. We trust the Disney brand and know when it’s safe for all they will come back better than ever. Until we meet again, Take care staff and crew.


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