In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased risk of spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) published the first industry-wide No Sail Order on March 14, 2020.

You may ask, what is a No Sail Order? The No Sail Order suspends all cruise ship operations in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prevents passengers from boarding cruise ships. As part of the No Sail Order, cruise ships are required to develop comprehensive plans to prevent, detect, respond to, and contain COVID-19 on their cruise ships to protect the health and safety of all passengers and crew members.

The No Sail Order was extended on April 15, 2020. Please click here for a copy of the full order. The Extended No Sail Order is in effect until one of the following occurs:

  • The Secretary of Health and Human Services declares that COVID-19 no longer constitutes a public health emergency, or
  • The CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations, or
  • 100 days have passed from April 15, the date the extended order was published in the Federal Registerexternal icon and went into effect. 100 days from April 15 is July 24.

If you had a cruise planned or are planning to travel by cruise ship, you should contact your cruise line company directly for details about your trip.