Cruise company Carnival on Tuesday moved to clarify plans to restart cruises in August saying trips would follow social distancing guidelines and hinge on consent from government officials.
A statement said plans to restart cruises were by no means certain and hinged on working with government officials to make sure it was safe to restart.
The FTSE 100 giant had on Monday said it planned to restart some cruises from North America on 1 August but it was forced to clarify the plan on Tuesday.
“Any resumption of cruise operations – whenever that may be – is fully dependent on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international government officials.
“In our continued support of public health efforts, any return to service will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time of the resumption of cruise operations.
“We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation and will continue to keep our guests, travel agent partners and other stakeholders informed.”
P&O Cruises has extended a pause in cruises in Australia and New Zealand until August 31 on Tuesday.