Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 7:21 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize’s Tourism Industry, which is already reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic got more bad news this week, as major cruise lines announced that they have pushed back resuming operations due to the outbreak.
Cruiselines had already announced at the beginning of the month that they would be suspending operations for 30 days, but yesterday the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) reported that all Carnival Cruise Line cruises are suspended until May 11, 2020, MSC Cruises’ suspension of cruises have been extended through to May 29, 2020; Royal Caribbean Cruises’ suspension of sailings of their global fleet was extended to May 12, 2020, (with some exceptions); Disney Cruise Lines’ suspension of cruises was extended through April 28, 2020; Holland America’s in operations was extended for an additional 30 days; Cunard Line’s suspension of operations was extended up to May 15, 2020; and P&O’s pause in operations extended up to and including May 15, 2020.
The changes are reflective of the condition of global travel at this time, as the outbreak ravages over 170 countries worldwide. Numerous tourism-related entities, including the Belize Tourism Board, have had to lay off workers in the face of the pandemic. At a press conference this week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that there will be relief funds for those who have been laid off due to COVID-19.
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