Coronavirus: Cruise industry association extends U.S. sailing ban through at least Oct. 31 [Video]

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The leading cruise industry trade association announced Wednesday it is extending the voluntary suspension of all cruise operations in U.S. waters through at least the close of October amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the Cruise Lines International Association announced: “Committed to the health and safety of passengers and crew, CLIA oceangoing cruise line members are announcing a third voluntary suspension of U.S. cruise operations until 31 October 2020.”

The cancellations extend well beyond the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “No Sail” order that bans cruising in U.S. waters through Oct. 1, WESH reported.

The association’s member lines serve 95% of the world’s oceangoing cruisers, and the revised guidance will apply to all member ships the CDC order applies to: vessels carrying 250 or more passengers, USA Today reported.

Meanwhile, the association will announce no later than Sept. 30 – the day the CDC’s “No Sail” order is set to …