Norwegian Cruise to return to U.S. sailing in August

May 24 (Reuters) – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd ( NCLH.N) stated on Monday it would return to sailing in the United States from Aug. 7, more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the industry to a virtual grinding halt.

The reboot of travelling in the United States is contingent on getting a conditional sailing certificate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the company stated, adding it anticipated approval in the coming days.

Norwegian Cruise had earlier planned to reboot U.S. cruising in July, however later said the time needed to prepare its ships after receiving the consent from the CDC could postpone the reboot.

Rivals Carnival Corp ( CCL.N) and Royal Caribbean Group ( RCL.N) last week said they also prepared to go back to cruising in the United States, starting in July.

The announcements came after the U.S. health company began a key step for the eventual resumption of U.S. cruise industry operations by providing brand-new technical guidelines, such as starting simulated trips and obtaining a COVID-19 conditional cruising certificate. read more

Simulated voyages enable crew and port personnel to practice new COVID-19 operational procedures with volunteers prior to sailing with passengers.

Cruise business have actually been cruising on and off in Europe and Singapore in the last few months.

Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni

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