Suspension of Cruise Line Services Due to Novel COVID-19 Pandemic
19 Mar 2020
A release from the Antigua Cruise Port ( March 17, 2020)
On March 13, 2020, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that several major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, and MSC, will voluntarily suspend sailing operations to and from U.S. ports for 30 days due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Disney also suspended its sailings through to the end of March 2020. Most ships at sea will continue with their itineraries as planned as these cruise lines are prepared to temporarily suspend North American service.
Many European cruise line brands including TUI, Costa, Aida, P&O, and Marella Cruises, have also suspended operations for a period or have made significant changes to their itineraries.
We anticipate that some cruise lines may request to berth ships at Antigua Cruise Port during the suspension period. Should these opportunities arise, we will contact the relevant local authorities for their advice.