The Observer reports:
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines announced temporary suspensions of their operations in an effort to help quell global spread of the novel coronavirus.
The announcements by the two companies follow similar moves on Thursday by competitors Princess, Disney, and Viking cruise lines, and suspensions earlier Friday by Carnival Corp.-owned Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises.
Norwegian said it suspended all voyages of its Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands embarking between March 13 and April 11. Royal Caribbean said it will pause its fleet’s sailings from United States ports for 30 days as of midnight. Cruises departing before midnight will operate their scheduled itineraries. U.S.-based ships at sea will finish their itineraries as planned.
“At my request.” Yeeeaaah.
At my request, effective midnight tonight, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have all agreed to suspend outbound cruises for thirty days. It is a great and important industry – it will be kept that way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020