"We continue to carefully review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are working toward resuming operations", the company said, in a statement posted to its website.
"People really want to cruise when it's safe to do so", he added. The CDC announced further new guidelines that highlighted the risk of cruise ships. The small-ship, luxury yacht brand made a subsequent decision to halt all voyages through the end of 2020. Following the event, two Congress members called on the CDC to reinstitute its "No Sail Order" and ban cruises from US ports.
The problems have been highlighted by P&O Cruises, which has cancelled sailings until at least April. Although, recently, both MSC and Costa have had to cancel cruises as a result of on-land situations in Europe due to coronavirus. Even if you test negative, the agency said passengers should still stay home for the full seven days.More news: The Boss Baby 2 Trailer: There's a New Boss Baby in Town
When cruise sailings do resume, a raft of new COVID-related safety measures will be introduced that could include additional medical screenings, physical distancing, and mask wearing.
That said, the CDC noted that "passenger operations continue to be suspended during the initial phases of this order; however that suspension is only applicable to cruises from US ports on ships of more than 250 passengers". While luxury cruise lines like Regent Seven Seas and Crystal, among others, may charge considerably more upfront, their pricing models can offer extreme value when you consider that gratuities, alcohol, butler service, and, in some instances, shore excursions are all included.More news: New PlayStation 5 System Update 20.02-02.26-00 Released
P&O President Paul Ludlow said: "With hopeful news headlines clearly we do not want to extend our pause in operations any further than absolutely necessary, but given the ever-changing guidance around worldwide travel and the varying regulations in many European ports of call we felt it prudent to cancel these additional dates".
Cruise lines are responding appropriately.More news: Tyson under control as he prepares for bout with Jones