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Carnival, MSC join Royal Caribbean in extending cruise cancellations amid COVID-19 pandemic

Carnival, MSC join Royal Caribbean in extending cruise cancellations amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Carnival Cruise Line and MSC Cruises said Monday the companies won’t go back to cruising until May 12 and May 30, respectively, a full month later than previously announced.

All cruise companies agreed to suspend new cruises on March 13 for at least 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Five days earlier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned all Americans against cruising because of the increased risk of coronavirus infection on ships.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. extended its suspension across all of its cruise lines through May 11, and through June 30 for cruises in Alaska, Canada and New England.

As of now, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will return to cruising on April 12 and Disney on April 13.

Source: Royal Caribbean

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