Nearly all cruise lines have now committed to requiring 100% of passengers and crew members to have a COVID-19 test prior to boarding a cruise ship, the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) announced on Tuesday.

The new policy was announced via Twitter by CLIA, which members include about 95% of the world’s oceangoing cruise lines. It said the 100% testing requirement was a “travel industry first” that would encompass all ships that have 250 passengers or more.

“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications at CILA told USA Today in a statement.

Golin-Blaugrund also said the COVID-19 testing policy is effective immediately worldwide.

The news of the testing requirement comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order for cruise ships through Nov. 1.

The cruise industry was decimated by the coronavirus as sailings were canceled, and ships sat idle during the pandemic. Cruise lines such as Carnival and Norwegian have suspended some sailings into 2021.

It was unclear at the time of writing what type of COVID-19 testing would be used and whether or not testing would be provided in advance or at the port.

At least 48 crew aboard the Costa Atlantica cruise ship docked at a port in Nagasakia have tested positive for coronavirus At least 48 crew aboard the Costa Atlantica cruise ship docked at a port in Nagasakia have tested positive for coronavirus Photo: JIJI PRESS / STR

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE:NCLH) and its cruise brethren are among the most repudiated names against the novel coronavirus backdrop, but there are signs the stormiest seas could be behind Norwegian Cruise Line stock.



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An 8% gain for the week ending Sept. 30 is a starting point, but there’s plenty more work to be done. Although NCLH stock more than doubled off its March lows, it needs to more than triple to reclaim its pre-pandemic highs.

In the essence of full disclosure, I’m not the biggest fan of cruises or the related equities, but my bias doesn’t belong here. What’s more important is that Wall Street is warming to this downtrodden industry.

Some analysts use the phrase “inflection point” regarding the cruise industry, implying that while the road ahead won’t be bump-free for Norwegian and friends, operators are getting further and further removed from the March/April brink and are positioned to benefit as consumer spending and travel patterns normalize.

NCLH Stock Has Near-Term Catalysts

On the final trading day of September, Norwegian Cruise Line stock jumped 3.3% on above-average volume after reports surfaced that the White House stood in the way of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extending in a big way a no-sail order keeping cruise ships docked.

That directive expired on Sept. 30 and CDC Director Robert Redfield reportedly wanted to extend it to February 2021, but the Trump Administration apparently said “No, take an extension to Oct. 31 and like it.” Extending the no-sail order to the end of October isn’t material to Norwegian and its rivals because the operators already agreed to not sail from domestic ports next month.

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