The CDC said in its updated order that from March 1 to July 10, COVID-19 on cruise ships took 34 lives.
What they're saying: "On cruise ships, passengers and crew share spaces that are more crowded than most urban settings", the CDC stated.
The extension is the second for an order that dates back to March 14 and was issued after a series of coronavirus outbreaks on cruise ships. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, as of July 10, 2020, there are 67 ships with 14,702 crew onboard.
It expressed hope that safety protocols would eventually lead to the "safe resumption of cruise operations around the world", which the organization said would buoy more than 1 million jobs worldwide and generate $150 billion in economic activity.
Areas of "major concern" included a lack of detail about how crew would be monitored, what protective equipment they would have and how they would receive medical care.
The news will also be a welcome relief for Hurtigruten, who recently released a list of United Kingdom mini-break expedition cruises that will set sail in September.
Norwegian Cruise Line also came under scrutiny for alleged lapses including crew members not wearing face coverings when outside their cabins.
The order required cruise lines to develop a comprehensive plan approved by CDC and the Coast Guard to address the outbreak through "maritime-focused solutions" including a response with limited reliance on government support.
In the early days of the pandemic, cruise ships proved to be a hotbed for the spread of COVID-19.
The agency announced Thursday, July 16, that it will extend its no-sail mandate until September 30.
Cruise Lines International Association voluntarily suspended cruise ships sailing from USA ports through September 15, the group announced in June.
"The FCO's latest announcement is a "U-Turn" on the statement released last week, advising against travel on all types of cruises".
"The Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to support the Department for Transport's work with industry for the resumption of global cruise travel".