Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said in a statement on Monday October 5th, that it will extend the halt to its cruise operations through, at least, Nov. 30.
The announcement comes just four days after one of the line’s biggest rivals, cruise giant Carnival, canceled most departures through January. Carnival still hopes to operate some sailings in November and December out of just two ports: PortMiami and Port Canaveral. Two other major brands, Princess Cruises and Holland America, already have canceled all or most sailings through Dec. 15.
The announcement also follows the extension of a “no-sail” order for cruise ships in U.S. waters by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The no-sail order is now in effect through Oct. 31.
In extending the order, the CDC suggested there was a danger to allowing cruising to resume while the new coronavirus remained widespread in society.
All cruise lines around the world halted departures in March as the coronavirus outbreak grew and many have yet to restart operations. In addition to Norwegian, Carnival, Princess and Holland America, other major brands that have yet to resume a single itinerary include Royal Caribbean — the world’s largest cruise line by passenger capacity.
Royal Caribbean and its sister brands — Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea — have canceled all sailings through Oct. 31 plus some sailings beyond that date.
Source: The Points Guy