Cruise lines are doing their part to help passengers avoid the Zika virus.
Companies such as Carnival (NYSE:CCL) and Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) are beginning to waive cancellation penalties for customers who booked trips to the Caribbean and other regions affected by the fast-spreading Zika virus.
Carnival will allow pregnant women onboard in affected areas such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other destinations to switch their itinerary to an unaffected area. They can also postpone or cancel their trip for future cruise credit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alert includes six Caribbean countries and territories where Zika is spreading: Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico and St. Martin. The alert recommends pregnant women postpone travel to the destinations.
Also included in the CDC alert are Bolivia; Brazil; Cape Verde; Colombia; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Panama;Paraguay; Samoa; Suriname; and Venezuela.
CCL stock is down 2.46% Thursday. RCL stock is down 3.76%.
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