Cruise companies may return to US waters provided that a series of safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on ships. The U.S. health service CDC said a ban on cruises won’t be extended.
That ban has been in place since mid-March. By the way, just last month, the health department would have recommended extending the ban on cruises until February, but according to sources, American vice president Mike Pence put a stop to it. Pence is head of the White House fighting team against the coronavirus.
These measures include, for example, quarantine and isolation, adequate distance from passengers and crew members and test capacity that cruise companies must have for the coronavirus. It will probably take some time before cruising trips resume in the USA. Many ships have experienced viral outbreaks.
On Wall Street, major cruise companies were in the elevator because of the news. For example, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Carnival won over 7 percent. They have lost billions because the pandemic forced ships to anchor worldwide.