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Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again.

USA TODAY

Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced Monday that they are canceling most cruises through the end of the year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

The announcements come on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” which replaced the eight-month “no sail” order that expired over the weekend. The new order, published Friday, allows cruise ships to sail in U.S. waters as of this week, but the first cruises to leave port won’t have paying passengers; instead, they’ll be simulation sailings designed to show that ships and crews are in compliance with CDC standards and able to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 onboard.

Royal Caribbean Group, which owns several cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity