BREAKING: Cruise Ship Industry Suspends Cruises Until Oct. 31

Cruise Ship (GETTY)
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The cruise industry announced Wednesday, that it is voluntarily suspending all cruises in the U.S. until "at least" October 31, 30-days beyond the date the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's "no-sail" order is set to expire. 

"The extension will allow additional time for our ocean-going members to work with outside experts and partners to develop enhanced public health protocols," Bari Golin-Blaugrund, senior director of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY. 

Cruise Lines International Association, which carries 95% of the world's ocean-going cruisers, told USA TODAY, "We believe it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. ocean-going cruise operations to Oct. 31,"

The announcement adds that the restart date, Nov. 1, is not cemented, and the company will reevaluate depending on recommendations from the CDC and will pivot depending on "conditions" of the pandemic in the U.S. 

On Aug. 3, a Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 5 passengers and 36 crew. Health authorities fear the ship could have infected dozens of towns and villages along Norway's western coast.

The 41 people on the MS Roald Amundsen who tested positive have been admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle, where the ship currently is docked.