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Coronavirus Live Updates: Cruise Lines Finalizing COVID-19 Plans Before Summer Trips

Cruises in Miami
Matias J. Ocner
Miami Herald
Cruise ships can be seen docked at PortMiami on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Miami, Florida.

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Cruise Lines Finalizing Plans To Protect People From COVID-19 Before Summer Trips

Updated Monday at 7:30 a.m.

The world’s four largest cruise companies plan to hit the high seas later this summer. For Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, that means August 1. MSC Cruises has canceled cruises through July 10 and said it is monitoring the situation.

But none of the companies has announced how it will protect passengers and crew from COVID-19 before a vaccine becomes available, at least a year from now. To date, the infectious disease has been confirmed in more than3,000 passengers and crew and at least 82 deaths across 63 cruise ships, according to a Miami Herald investigation.

Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company with nine brands and 104 ships, is still working on its procedures, said spokesperson Roger Frizzell.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald.

— Taylor Dolven/Miami Herald

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