Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises extend sailing suspension to May 11 over coronavirus

A study analyzed the coronavirus outbreak aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Royal Caribbean cited "global public health circumstances" as the reason for the suspension extension in a statement posted on its official Twitter account and on its website .

When Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises announced their original suspension on March 13, the companies said they expected to return to service on April 11.

More than a week after it announced it would suspend operations, cruise lines are still scrambling to get passengers off ships – often in the nearest port that will allow them to do so.

As of Tuesday morning, approximately 7.1%, or about 20 of trade organization Cruise Lines International Association's 277 member ships were still at sea and in the process of wrapping up current voyages.

A new report Tuesday shows at least 77 people on board Holland America's MS Zaandam cruise ship, including 30 passengers and 47 crew members, have reported "flu-like" symptoms to the ship's medical center.

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