Four months into the coronavirus pandemic, it remains extremely difficult to say when cruise ships will resume sailing. What we do know is that it won't be before late July. The CDC released a No Sail Order for ships carrying over 250 passengers and crew, which remains in place until July 24.
Carnival Cruise Line has said it will resume eight cruises beginning August 1. However some popular ships, including the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria, won’t sail until November.
For most big cruise lines, it's unlikely their ships will hit the waters right away. For now, many companies are focused on improving safety measures with the hope of opening as soon as possible.
Norwegian Cruise Lines is installing medical-grade air filters. Once cruising resumes, passengers will likely undergo temperature checks during the boarding process. Staggered boarding will also help enforce social distancing. Buffets will be limited and single-use paper menus will likely replace plastic ones.
The global cruise industry is expected to see its revenue in 2020 fall by at least 50%, a drop of over $35 billion.