Amid coronavirus pandemic, North American cruise industry will further delay its plans concerning getting back to service, as several major companies have already extended delay to the resumption of their sailing operations.
Although Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was about to start cruising in late July, it will eventually resume its operations on August 28th, 2020.
In recent days, amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases in many states across the country, we’ve seen mounting pressures to modify reopening plans and consideration of the return of stay-at-home orders. Additionally, new restrictions from the Bahamas have been announced, requiring travelers to present a negative swab test prior to entry. In an effort to provide the safest environment for our passengers and crew, we have no choice but to further postpone our sailing schedule.
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At the same time, Carnival Cruise Line has planned to start its operations in August with cruises from Florida and Texas. However, due to the pandemic situation it will further extend shutdown until the end of September.
American Cruises from its side, has canceled its July 22 Grand New England cruise, pushing back its restart into August for cruises in the U.S.
In light of the coronavirus situation, American Queen Steamboat Company also extended suspension of operations onboard the American Empress through Aug. 2, 2020 and the American Duchess through Aug. 16, 2020. The decision was made in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of its guests and crew.
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