This page includes archived COVID-19 updates for cruise Seattle.
- See the most recent COVID-19 updates for the 2021 cruise season.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its "No Sail" order for cruise ships in favor of a "Conditional Sailing" order and will be working with the industry on a phased-in return to service. The phased-in approach will include: (1) establishment of laboratory testing of crew onboard cruise ships in U.S. waters; (2) 15 simulated voyages designed to test a cruise ship operator's ability to mitigate COVID-19 on cruise ships; (3) a certification process; and (4) a return to passenger voyages in a manner that mitigates the risk of COVID-19 introduction, transmission, or spread among passengers and crew onboard ships and ashore to communities.
These phases will be further determined based on public health considerations including the trajectory of COVID-19 transmission and the demonstrated ability of cruise ship operators to successfully employ measures that mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
The Port of Seattle strongly supports federal standards to ensure safety for communities, employees, and passengers. We look forward to reviewing the CDC order in detail as our first priority is to protect the health of our guests, our workers, and the community. Cruise is an important part of Seattle's economic recovery and we will continue to coordinate with local and state public health agencies as we prepare for next year's cruise season. Cruise lines and their partners are prepared to implement multiple layers of protocols informed by the latest scientific and medical knowledge. With the Seattle cruise season typically beginning in April, we will be keeping a close eye on other cruise markets as they resume voyages in the coming months to confirm that appropriate health protocols are in place to protect passengers at our terminals before the cruise season begins. We have also been advocating for federal standards in aviation, and we have submitted responses to the CDC's prior Request for Information regarding our work in supporting the need for federal standards for cruise.
Monday, September 21, 2020
The Port of Seattle responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, providing information pertaining to the safe restart of cruise operations. The Port provided its responses to the CDC as part of our effort to support the safety of the port workforce, crewmembers, passengers, and our communities.
Monday, July 6, 2020
The Port of Seattle confirms that no cruise ships will be arriving for the 2020 cruise season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announces that its cruise members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020 as health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.
Friday, June 5, 2020
We thank our cruise partners for recognizing the severity of the COVID-19 health crisis and making the difficult decisions to cancel cruises. We look forward to welcoming cruise passengers back to Seattle, once health authorities declare this crisis over, and we can provide safe facilities necessary for operations.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Maintaining the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community is the Port of Seattle’s top priority. The Port now expects the launch of the cruise season will be delayed until the resolution of the public health emergency.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced an extended global suspension of cruse operations.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) announces that CLIA oceangoing cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.
Canada’s Transport Minister announced a suspension of cruise across Canada until July 1. United States maritime laws require foreign flagged vessels, which include many cruise ships, to stop at a foreign port on a U.S. port to U.S. port itinerary. This is why most Seattle to Alaska cruise itineraries visit Victoria, and changes in Canada can impact Seattle-based cruises. The Port of Seattle is reviewing Transport Canada’s actions and evaluating the order’s impacts on the 2020 Alaska cruise season.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The Port of Seattle announced that it has cancelled the April 1 and April 5 planned sailings of the Seattle 2020 cruise season.
The Governor of Washington and King County Executive issued a health order limiting the number of people at events, and mandated social distancing. This does not apply to transportation hubs like Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
SEA and the Port of Seattle announced changes to maintain the safety, health, and well-being of passengers and employees using Seattle-Tacoma International Airport