PHOTO FILE: A Royal Caribbean International cruise ship was spotted at Circular Quay in Sydney Harbor, a few days after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that international cruises were no longer allowed to dock in Australian ports due to coronavirus (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS / Loren Elliott (Reuters) – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) said on Wednesday it would lay off or leave about 26% of its workforce in the United States, affecting nearly 1,300 of more than 1,300 of its 5,000 employees in the country, when coronavirus strangles international travel. The news came when a pandemic that spread rapidly led to the extension of the “no sail order” for all cruise ships by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in the US, because it looks to curb the spread of the virus. “The majority are laid off,” said a company spokesman, without separately mentioning the percentage of leave and layoffs. The Miami Herald reported the news earlier in the day that added that most of the reduction was permanent layoffs, despite some 90-day leave with benefits paid. Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. .