L’Aquila, Italy — Italy has banned all cruise ship traffic from its ports due to the cruise ban imposed by the United States on its coastlines.
The country’s Ministry of Transport said it has asked cruise ship operators to stop all cruise passenger traffic.
The ban was issued on Saturday in an emergency decree signed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and came as a result of a joint U.S. and Italian-led effort to impose a cruise ban in the country.
Italy has long maintained a policy of not allowing foreign ships to dock at its ports.
Berlusconi said the cruise ships would be held responsible for any violations of the ban, and they would also be liable for any damage caused by the cruise ship ships.
Berlin, which hosts more than 100,000 cruise ships, has been the scene of several protests in recent months, calling for an end to the ban.
Berriosconi has been vocal about his opposition to the U.P. ban.
The U.N. General Assembly last week passed a resolution calling on the European Union to impose more stringent cruise ship ban rules.