Cruise holidays: Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises & MSC Cruises cancel more holidays

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Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and MSC Cruises have cancelled more cruise holidays. The three major cruise companies cite the coronavirus pandemic as the reason behind the axed holidays. The US recently extended its No Sail Order while the UK also advises against cruising as the health crisis rages on.

Royal Caribbean Group extended the suspension of sailing until the end of November.

The group’s subsidiaries include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, TUI Cruises and more.

Celebrity Cruises is axing its 2020/21 winter program in both Australia and Asia.

Meanwhile, MSC Cruises have called most sailings until the end of November, except for voyages on two vessels that have resumed operations in the Mediterranean.

“Our primary goal continues to be a healthy return to service for our guests, crew and the communities we visit,” said Royal Caribbean Group in a statement.

“As we work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others toward this shared goal, Royal Caribbean Group will be extending the suspension of sailings to include those departing on or before November 30, 2020, excluding sailings from Hong Kong.

“Celebrity Cruises will also be suspending their full 2020/21 winter program in Australia and Asia.”

Affected holidaymakers will be contacted.

“We will be reaching out to our guests and travel partners to share further details and address any questions or concerns they may have,” said Royal Caribbean. has contacted MSC for further comment.

Also impacted by the cancellations is Royal Caribbean brand Azamara.

Azamara said it intends to re-start cruises in March for the 2021 Europe season.

Seabourn, the “ultra-luxury resort at sea”, also announced on Tuesday that it will cancel upcoming 2020 and 2021 voyages for three cruise ships in its fleet into Spring 2021.

The cancellations apply to three of its vessels: Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Ovation, and Seabourn Encore.

“The decision to cancel additional voyages is a proactive action to deal with the circumstances continuing to evolve from the global response to the COVID-19 situation,” said Seabourn in a statement.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the extension of the cruise ban on September 30.

The current No Sail Order is in place until October 30.

It was first introduced back in March when the pandemic began.

“The CDC Director has reason to believe that cruise ship travel may continue to introduce, transmit, or spread COVID-19,” the CDC said at the time.

The UK’s advice is as follows “The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time.

“This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.”

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