Cruise: Third-largest cruise line cancels voyages until November in blow to holidays

Cruise holidays are looking more unlikely this year after another cruise line announced this week that it will be pausing their operations until at least November. Norwegian Cruise Line has said it will be cancelling its cruises worldwide until October 31. This is a month after the ban Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ban on cruises will expire.

But in addition to its cancellations, the cruise line has revealed that it will start to provide regular spares on its plans.

The company said in a statement: “In an effort to provide additional transparency, beginning in August, the company plans to provide an update at the end of each month regarding the status of voyage suspensions, including any potential extensions.”

Norwegian is the world’s third largest cruise company.

They own three cruise lines which are Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Norwegian recently partnered with Rosa Caribbean Group to hire a group of experts to create safety protocols for when cruises resume.

The CDC extended its no-sail order for cruise ships until October 1.

They extended the ban on cruises in July.

The original order was issued on March 14.

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Norwegian is not the only cruise line to cancel more of their voyages.

Princess Cruises also announced recently that it will be cancelling its departures until mid-December.

But it’s not all bad news for cruisers.

Greece announced this week that it would be lifting its cruise ban this weekend.

Cruise ships will be allowed to dock in Greek ports from as soon as this weekend (August 1).

The ships will be able to dock at the six major ports in Greece such as Piraeus in Athens, Rhodos, Iraklio, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo.

Cruise rules in the UK are still stringent with the Foreign Office (FCO) “advising against cruise ship travel at this time”.

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

“Cruise ship travel means staying overnight for at least one night on a sea-going cruise ship with people from multiple households.

“Our advice against cruises applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other leisure facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.

“Our advice does not include ferries or privately-rented boats.

“The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice.”

However, River cruises are exempt from the cruise ban.

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