Cruise lines Announce more Delays amid Outbreak

The global cruise industry continues to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic. This week, several cruise lines announced they won't be hosting any trips until May.

Carnival Cruise Line, M-S-C Cruises and Disney Cruise Line will not be departing during the month of April. The industry has come to a standstill amid the pandemic. Still, travel agents like Legacy Travel’s Catherine Banks say this is not the end.

“I absolutely do think the cruise industry will recover from this,” Banks said. “Cruising is too great of a vacation, and too many people love it.”

Banks says companies are considering how to promote health, safety, and cleanliness.

“They’re going to be doing more in-depth health screening to protect people, but also to reassure people. I think that’s going to be a big step towards giving people the confidence to cruise again,” Banks explained.

Reports indicate 10 vessels have been at sea this week. Passengers in another five are docked, still quarantined inside.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department have advised Americans to avoid traveling by cruise ship.

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