Specifically, the European country prohibits cruise ships from docking at ports in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Barcelona and Malaga by March 14.

It is reported that the ban will continue until the epidemic is under control, as the Official State Gazette reported.

The retention of the ban was described as a "proportionate, objective and non-discriminatory measure that is in line with the objective set by the WHO Emergency Committee to stop the spread of the virus", the order said, referring to the World Health Organization.

Cruise liners form part of Spain's tourist sector which contributes 12% of GDP. In 2019 10 million cruise line passengers visited Spain.

Spain’s Pullmantur Cruceros has filed for a reorganization under Spain’s insolvency laws. Now, a number of experts believe that cruise companies will increasignly feel the impact of the pandenic.