Will Royal Caribbean Follow Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line Into Deeper Waters?

Another week, another round of cruise industry cancellations. Last week it was Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) pushing out most of its sailings into 2021. Only a half-dozen Carnival ships will be cruising on voyages leaving exclusively out of two Florida ports starting early next month.

On Monday it was Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) suspending all of its November sailings across all three of its brands. The clock is now ticking on Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL). Will it follow Norwegian Cruise Line and just call November off? Will it follow Carnival and hold off until next year, keeping a few ships to test the local waters next month? Will it carve its own path?

Santa Claus bearing gifts paddling in the direction of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Image source: Royal Caribbean.

Ports of stall

There was initially a sigh of relief last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its No Sail Order only through the end of October. However,

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Lodge owners, guides concerned about Minnesota resorts fishing in Canadian waters

Frank and Lynn Wepruk get frustrated when they hear the hum of a group of boats full of people going fishing, who will cross into Canada, fish, and then return south of the border.

The Wepruks own The Fisheries Resort, on Rainy Lake, near Fort Frances, Ont. Rainy Lake is mainly situated in Canada, but some of the lake adjoins Minnesota.

“You can tell when it’s a fleet of guide boats going by,” said Lynn, noting the boats that originate from Minnesota are grouped together, sometimes with as many as eight boats together.

There can be four or five people in each boat, she said, “so, when you start doing the arithmetic, on how many fish they could be potentially pulling out of our lake in one day, it could be 100 fish per boat.”

Wepruk said that figure is based on using catch-and-release methods of fishing, which, although the

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Cruise ships’ return to Hawaii remains in muddy waters

Come Nov. 1, larger cruise ships could return again to Hawaii’s waters — but it’s probably not going to be smooth sailing at first for the floundering cruise ship industry.

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory saying U.S. citizens, particularly those with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. Then, the CDC issued a “no-sail” order for vessels with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

The CDC had wanted the order, which was due to expire on Wednesday, extended to keep cruise shops docked until mid-February. However, the White House intervened, and the order was only extended through Oct. 31, a date that most of the industry had voluntarily agreed to honor anyway.

It’s still unclear how many cruise ships might return to Hawaii this year or what the state’s public safety plan is

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Cruises in U.S. waters halted until at least November

Cruise ships will be barred from sailing in U.S. waters for at least another month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Wednesday, extending its “no sail” order through October.



a large ship in the water with a city in the background: The Carnival Miracle cruise ship sits near the Long Beach port off the coast of California on April 23, 2020.


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The Carnival Miracle cruise ship sits near the Long Beach port off the coast of California on April 23, 2020.

That’s a far shorter extension than what the CDC originally proposed to the White House coronavirus task force, which was that cruise ships should not sail until at least February.

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But the February extension was nixed after a meeting between the CDC and members of the task force, according to officials familiar with the situation.

“Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC said in a press

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No cruising in U.S. waters until Nov. 1

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The British flag isn’t the only flag that adorns a cruise ship. Norwegian Cruise Line’s U.S.-flagged, Hawaii-based Pride of America has a stylized stars-and-stripes across its hull. (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Two hours before its “no-sail” order was set to expire, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Wednesday it is extending its “no-sail” order for the U.S. cruise industry through Oct. 31. 

The CDC’s previous order had been scheduled to end Wednesday after extensions to the original mid-March order were issuedin April and again in July.

The CDC requested that the order be extended to February 15, 2021 , but compromised with the White House Task Force to extend until Oct. 31, four days before the Nov. 3 election, a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Tuesday.

USA TODAY has reached out to White House officials for

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