CLIA Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruise Operations from U.S. Ports Until October 31, 2020

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

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 31 October 2020.


WASHINGTON, DC (5 August 2020)—Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, announced today that its ocean-going cruise line members have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruise operations until at least 31 October 2020.

The Association issued the following statement on behalf of its members:

Despite the valuable alignment between CLIA’s previous voluntary suspension to 15 September and the CDC’s current No-Sail Order date of 30 September, we believe it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. ocean-going cruise operations to 31 October. This is a difficult decision as we recognize the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry. However, we believe this proactive action further demonstrates the cruise industry’s commitment to public health and willingness to voluntarily suspend operations in the interest of public health and safety, as has occurred twice prior. CLIA cruise line members will continue to monitor the situation with the understanding that we will revisit a possible further extension on or before 30 September 2020. At the same time, should conditions in the U.S. change and it becomes possible to consider short, modified sailings, we would consider an earlier restart. 

According to CLIA’s most recent Economic Impact Study, cruise activity in the United States supports nearly half a million (421,000) American jobs and generates $53 billion annually in economic activity throughout the country. Each day of the suspension of U.S. cruise operations results in a loss of up to $110 million in economic activity and 800 direct and indirect American jobs. The impact of the suspension is particularly profound in states that depend heavily on cruise tourism, including Florida, Texas, Alaska, Washington, New York and California.

For more information about the cruise industry’s response to COVID-19, please visit the CLIA COVID-19 Resource Page.

PRESS RELEASE | AUGUST 05, 2020
CLIA Announces Third Voluntary Suspension of U.S. Cruise Operations
CLIA Cruise Suspension Update 20200805

Committed to the health and safety of passengers and crew, CLIA ocean-going cruise line members are announcing a third voluntary suspension of U.S. cruise operations until 31 October 2020. CLIA cruise line members are using this time to work with outside experts and partners to develop science-based COVID-19 mitigation protocols to guide the resumption of operations when the time is right.

CLIA Statement on Facebook and Twitter

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 19 Disney Cruise departures on the chopping block.

Disney Dream

Disney Fantasy

Disney Magic

Disney Wonder

At this time of publication, Disney Cruise Line still showed October sailings as bookable suggesting they were not expecting this announcement.

DCL Cruise Search October 2020 20200804

However, shortly after the CLIA announcement, all October sailings were removed from Disney Cruise Line’s online cruise search.

DCL Cruise Search October 2020 Update 20200804

The next bookable sailings on DisneyCruise.com are as follows:

Please keep in mind, these cruise are not officially cancelled until you hear from Disney Cruise Line. However, since they are a CLIA member cruise line, it is just a matter of time before Disney begins contacting guests.

2 thoughts on “CLIA Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruise Operations from U.S. Ports Until October 31, 2020

  1. Paul Teal

    We have already had two cancellations and have re-booked for 2021: 3/2/21, 6/17/21 and Halloween on the High Seas for 10/25/21. Just hoping for the best, but I think at this point the March cruise is marginal

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