Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2.

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2.

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The novel coronavirus has put much of the cruise industry on hold as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have banned new sailings in US-controlled waters until as late as July. But some ships will remain at sea in the coming days as they finish their itineraries.

A representative for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a trade association for the cruise industry, said on March 31 that 3.6% of the 277 ships operated by its member cruise lines had not yet completed their itineraries, as of March 30. The CLIA did not immediately respond to a request for an update on that number.

These six cruise ships are still at sea as the industry deals with the fallout from the coronavirus.

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Pacific Princess

Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess.

Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess.

Princess Cruises

Cruise line: Princess Cruises

The Pacific Princess is headed to Los Angeles with a planned arrival of date near April 20, Princess said on April 6. Those plans have not changed, a Princess representative said on Monday.

Queen Mary 2

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2.

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2.

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Cruise line: Cunard Line

After a significant majority of its passengers left the ship in mid-March, the Queen Mary 2 was heading to Southampton, England, with 264 passengers on board, a Cunard Line representative said on March 30. The company did not immediately respond to a request for an update on the ship’s status, though Newsweek reported on April 3 that the Queen May 2 was set to dock in Southampton around the middle of April.

MSC Magnifica

MSC Cruises' MSC Magnifica.

MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica.

MSC Cruises

Cruise line: MSC Cruises

After stopping in Sri Lanka, the MSC Magnifica is heading to Europe, an MSC Cruises representative said on Tuesday. None of the ship’s passengers or crew members are sick, the representative added.


Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Columbus.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Columbus.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise line: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

The Columbus will arrive in Tilbury, England, on Tuesday, a Cruise & Maritime Voyages representative said. No one on the Columbus has tested positive for COVID-19, the representative added.

Hanseatic Nature

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Hanseatic Nature.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic Nature.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Cruise line: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The Hanseatic Nature’s guests have left the ship, though crew members are still on board as it heads to Hamburg, Germany, for a scheduled April 20 arrival, a Hapag-Lloyd Cruises representative said on Tuesday.

Costa Deliziosa

Costa Cruises' Costa Deliziosa.

Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa.

Cruise line: Costa Cruises

The Costa Deliziosa is planning to disembark 168 of its 1,815 passengers in Spain on April 19 or 20, a Costa Cruises representative said on Tuesday, and the company is in discussions with authorities in France and Italy to allow other passengers to leave the ship.

The ship “does not present any public health concerns,” the representative said.

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