Following the COVID-19 ongoing outbreak, Port of Seattle informed that cancelled its first two cruise sailings for cruise season 2020, scheduled on 1st and 5th of April. Namely, the two sailings were planned to make a one-day stop in Seattle and then alter direction to a different location.
In light of the situation, Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck said:
This region is in a public health emergency and we will cancel the first two sailings of our cruise season. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority.
Despite the sailings’ cancellation, the Port will continue working with first responders, cruise lines and local leaders.
At the same time Seattle authorities will be in line with the current public health guidance, while enhance the actions that the cruise lines are taking, so as to determine future sailings.
For the records, the vast majority of sailings at the port are “homeport” sailings, meaning that passengers begin and end their cruise in Seattle.
Overall, due to the global coronavirus situation, Viking informed that it is suspending its river and ocean cruise operations until May, as a measure against the disease’s threat.