Oceania Cruises, RSSC-Regent Seven Seas, and NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, which are all part of NCLH-Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will further reduce the number of its crew members who are currently onboard the liners as they enter a cool lay-up manning.
The crew levels will be below specified by the minimum safe manning operation of the ships but still sufficient in order to satisfy security and maintenance requirements.
Most of the NCLH-owned vessels have already begun the cool lay-up manning process. The USA-flagged liner Pride of America is the only cruise ship to stay as is but most of the NCL-operated ships are expected to enter cool lay-up manning by mid-September 2020.
It has not been revealed how long the cruise ships will remain in the phase.
The final decision on when cruise shipping operations will resume depends on the USA's CDC agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). It is another setback for the cruise company and, especially, for the crew waiting for positive news about the restart of sailings and hoping they will receive sign-on dates.
At this time, however, future assignment dates can't be confirmed due to ongoing industry suspensions amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.