Carnival has extended its suspension of operations through May 11, cancelling all sailings on all ships through and including that date. Carnival’s announcement follows similar moves made in recent days by NCL, Holland America, MSC, Seabourn, Cunard and more.
Travel advisories from governments in Canada, the U.S. and countries around the world warning against non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic set off a domino effect of operations suspensions for seemingly every supplier in the travel industry.
Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford says the stranding of the Zaandam and the Rotterdam is a humanitarian crisis and is calling on government officials to do the right thing and permit the ships to dock.
Following yesterday’s news that Holland America, MSC, Seabourn and Cunard have all extended their suspensions of operations, Norwegian Cruise Line has followed suit with similar news that affects its various brands.