Carnival Cruise halts most departures from US ports
The exceptions are cruises departing from the ports of Miami and Port Canaveral, both in Florida.
Carnival made the announcement following a decision by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "to extend its no-sail order" to ships carrying at least 250 passengers, the company said in a statement.
"We continue to work on protocols and procedures that would allow for the resumption of cruise operations, with a gradual phase-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarcation," Carnival said.
Cruise ship passengers on several lines became infected with the virus.
Carnival set in place new rules to prevent contaminations, such as taking the temperature of passengers and strengthening cleaning procedures.
However, another member of the Carnival group, Italy's Costa Cruises, began services in September after a five-month pause.