The Centre for Disease Control, the CDC has officially extended the cruise ship ban through the end of October.
The previous ban ran through September 30, and there were rumors that the CDC wanted to extend the ban into the first quarter of 2021. However, the extension through the end of October leaves room to hope that some cruising from the US may resume before 2021.
Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all 2020 cruises except for a few set to sail from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, Florida.
For now, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Elation, and Carnival Liberty are the six ships set to sail from those two ports as Carnival eases back into a limited return to service.
Royal Caribbean Group, parent company to Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and Azamara Cruises, is extending its Cruise With Confidence program through November 30, 2020, for all sailings departing through April 2022.
The program allows cruisers to cancel new bookings up to 48 hours prior to sailing in exchange for a 100% Future Cruise Credit, offering flexibility during a time when it seems difficult to plan ahead otherwise.