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Major Cruise Lines are Paused, But Small Ships are Revving Up: Travel Weekly


Recent headlines about CLIA’s voluntary suspension of sailings through Sept. 15 might lead one to conclude that the cruise industry is dead until fall.

But in fact, quite a few small-ship lines plan to resume domestic cruising as early as July. And in Europe, some cruise lines have already launched regional sailings from their home bases.

Ships with fewer than 250 passengers are excluded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s No Sail Order and can legally operate in U.S. waters. U.S.-based small-ship lines have voluntarily suspended their operations so far, but as many parts of the country begin to reopen, those lines are setting dates of resumption.

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