An update on the United States' COVID-19 cruise ship policy is probably imminent since the current 100-day no-sail order is due to expire soon.

That order became effective April 15.

Setback with cases soaring stateside

Nobody expects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow cruise operations to resume now. The CDC hasn’t begun to review lines’ plans for carrying passengers and is still focused on the safety of crew aboard idle cruise ships in US waters.

Also, with COVID-19 cases spiking stateside, particularly in key cruise homeport states like Florida, Texas and California, cruises are not likely to be embarking in the US anytime soon.

Earlier, Cruise Lines International Association extended its operating pause from US ports to Sept. 15, and a number of member lines have announced delays longer than that.

CLIA’s first media update

But lines and the industry are actively engaged in preparing for the OK-to-sail day, whenever that comes. To that point, CLIA is planning its first media update, apart from news releases, since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down the industry.

On July 21, CLIA Global Chairman Adam Goldstein and President and CEO Kelly Craighead are scheduled to brief media on the industry’s approach to resuming passenger operations.

They will detail how CLIA is supporting its members and partners in the planning process and will talk about the industry’s work with leading medical experts and global health authorities, including the CDC.

Seatrade Cruise News will report any news from the update.