The U.S. State Department changed its travel advisory for COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions on Sunday night, saying that “U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.”
The Department also told Americans who travel overseas not to rely on U.S. government repatriation flights as an option should local authorities opt to quarantine them.
Luxury Travel Advisor reached out to the four biggest cruise companies—Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and MSC Cruises (their U.S. office in Fort Lauderdale)—for any response.
Carnival Corporation in an immediate response pointed out that the notice was an advisory, not any restriction on cruise travel. See below for its full statement and that of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. We will post others here as received.