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

has extended its operational pause on all cruises across the globe through March 31 of 2021 to “allow time” to meet safety standards and complete activities required by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  to resume sailing in U.S. waters, the company announced in a statement Friday.

“We are focused on preparing our ships to meet the CDC health and safety requirements for our eventual return to service,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, in the statement.

The cruise line owns the and ships, both of which had COVID-19 outbreaks on

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