Cayman bans cruise ships until 2021
Cayman will not see the reopening of cruise tourism until 2021 at the earliest.
On Thursday, Acting Port Director, Joseph Woods issued a notice to Cayman's cruise industry partners, stating, "I wish to inform you that after careful consideration, the Cayman Islands Government has taken the decision that in the current global environment with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, it cannot allow the resumption of cruise tourism in the Cayman Islands for the immediate future. The Cayman Islands will therefore be closed for cruise tourism until the 31st December 2020."
This is yet another set back for the international cruise industry which will remain closed to its U.S. markets until at least November 2020.
The worldwide suspension of cruise operations has extended since mid-March. Many popular cruise destinations have cancelled entire cruise seasons, and some locations may not see the return of major cruise lines until next year.
Said a recent article in the New York Times, "The Caribbean is the biggest source of business for the global cruise industry... Cruise lines were the first global heralds of the coronavirus disaster and will likely be the last travel industry to come back once the virus is under control."