The regional cruise ship industry has suffered another blow arising from the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

The U.S. State Department has issued an updated travel warning for its citizens who may be considering travel by cruise ship.

The statement was posted to the State Department’s website yesterday.

It cautions U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health
conditions, against travelling by cruise ship.

The statement indicated that the Center for Disease Prevention notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment.

In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking.

The statement continues that in some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures.

The State Department adds while the U.S. government’s evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.

It notes that the situation is fluid.

And it says CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease.

According to the US State Department this entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.