Cruises: Expert hopeful for 'July' return of holidays
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Cruise holidays have been cancelled in droves over the past year. However, there’s hope that this popular getaway type will be able to return from the summer after the roadmap out of lockdown was announced. But how have the different cruise lines responded? This is what you need to know about P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruise, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise, Marella Cruise, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Saga Cruises and Virgin Voyages.
Carnival Cruises are now cancelled until May 31.
The company posted on Twitter: “Carnival Cruise Line will today be extending our pause in operations from U.S. ports through May 31, 2021.
“We continue to work on plans to resume operations and are encouraged by the focus to expedite vaccine production and distribution which are having a demonstrated impact on improving public health.
“If your cruise has been impacted, you will receive an email today with your options.”
Celebrity Cruises are cancelled until April 30.
The line said in a statement: “As we work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government authorities around the world toward this shared goal, we are extending the suspension of all sailings departing between March 1 and April 30, 2021, along with the Apex Transatlantic sailing of 5/1/21 and the 2021 Europe Season for Edge and Constellation’s sailings departing May – October 2021.”
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line is axing all sailings through May and some routes will be affected even longer.
Sailings of the Disney Magic to Europe are cancelled until August 10, 2021.
Disney said: “We are evaluating various options for the Disney Wonder’s scheduled season in Alaska” after Canada announced it “will not allow ships with more than 100 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until February 28, 2022.”
TUI-owned Marella Cruises sailings due to depart on or before May 16, 2021, have been cancelled.
“If your booking can’t take place due to COVID-19, we’ll be in touch as far in advance as possible to discuss your options with you,” said TUI.
“MSC Cruises UK & Ireland has taken the decision to cancel the majority of our sailings until May 31 2021, for our UK and Irish guests only,” the cruise line said in its latest statement.
Those affected have been contacted directly or through their travel agent.
Norwegian Cruise Line
All Norwegian Cruise Line cruises up to and including May 31, 2021, are cancelled.
P&O Cruises cancelled all international cruises until the autumn last week and is offering a series of short break and week-long UK cruises instead.
Cruises on ships Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have been cancelled until the end of August.
Sailings on cruise ships Britannia and Iona are suspended until the end of September.
Princess Cruises has cancelled sailings from Southampton on Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Island Princess through September 25, 2021, and will launch a series of short UK cruises departing in late summer.
All global cruises until May 14, 2021, are cancelled as are all cruises longer than seven days going to or from a US port.
Royal Caribbean has axed all cruises up to and including April 30, 202, excluding sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas in Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas sailings departing April 2021 in China.
“Our plan is to resume further operation in May,” said the company.
Saga has cancelled all cruise voyages until June 27, it was announced last week.
The travel company will also delay the first voyage of its new cruise ship, Spirit of Adventure, until July 26.
Virgin Voyages cruises are cancelled through June 30, 2021.
Yesterday, the cruise line unveiled its third ‘lady ship’, which will be named Resilient Lady and is scheduled for completion on July 1, 2022.
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