American Cruise Lines, which was scheduled to restart domestic river cruising this week on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest, has suspended sailings indefinitely following a rise in Covid-19 cases in the region.
The American Song had been set to sail Saturday on an eight-day cruise from Portland to Clarkson, Wash. ACL canceled the trip Thursday after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown rolled back the state's reopening status due to an increase in reported cases of the virus in the state.
"Covid-19 presents unprecedented challenges for community and state leaders across the country, and we are very empathetic to the situation in Oregon," CEO Charles Robertson said in a statement. "We were surprised and disappointed by the last-minute changes but understand the difficulty leaders face in that state.
"We hope to participate in reviving the state's economy and still believe we are uniquely positioned to do so. We will continue to do our best to support all our local partners throughout the region and look forward to resuming small ship cruising in the Pacific Northwest in the very near future."