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The Republic of Seychelles Has Banned Cruise Ships Until 2022

Seychelles has banned all cruise ships from its shores until 2022. The small island nation, which sits off the coast of East Africa in the western Indian Ocean, imposed the two-year ban over fears around the spread of COVID-19. The cruise ship ban goes into effect immediately and will last until the end of 2021. The virus has had a significant impact on tourism there, and while only 11 confirmed cases have been recorded, the islands are a popular tourist destination, attracting people from all over the world. The ban comes as several U.S. cruise ships, including Princess Cruises, have extended the suspension of operations through the summer and even into the fall. Disney Cruise Line said it will extend the suspension of its sailings through July, while Carnival Cruise Line said it intends to start sailing on August 1.