Shortly after cruise liners gained the reputation of being Coronavirus hotspots in February 2020, dozens of vessels started facing COVID-related disruptions, leaving the ships and their passengers stranded or infected.
The USA's CDC agency extended its no-sail order as the Coronavirus continued to surge across the country. In October 2020, however, CDC replaced the pause on all ex-USA voyages with the "Framework for Conditional Sailing Order," including strict protocols needed for cruise companies to continue sailing again.
Despite the new CDC order, safety rules and regulations, the return to operation is still unknown. No major American cruises are expected to be embarking until May 2021, with all major cruise shipping companies constantly extending their suspension timeline.