Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises cancel sailings into June

Apr 20, 2020

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Add Royal Caribbean and sister brands Celebrity Cruises and Azamara to the list of cruise lines cancelling all sailings into June.

Citing the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the three lines late Thursday cancelled departures across their fleets through 11 June.

The lines join Princess Cruises, Holland America, Carnival Cruise Line and several other major brands in cancelling trips for at least the next eight weeks.

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Princess and Holland America on Tuesday cancelled all sailings through 30 June. Carnival on Monday cancelled all departures through 26 June.

Both lines also cancelled the majority of their cruises in Alaska for all of 2020, and said none of their lodges in Alaska would open this year, nor would they operate any of their sightseeing trains or buses.

Princess also delayed the debut of its newest ship, Enchanted Princess, until 1 August, and cancelled sailings of two more ships — Diamond Princess and Sun Princess — through 4 August and 4 September, respectively.

Until this week, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara only had cancelled departures on most ships through 11 May. The new cancellations extend their fleet-wide shutdowns by a month.

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More cancellations are likely coming. Late last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an extended “no-sail” order for cruise ships operating out of U.S. ports. The “no-sail” order could remain in effect through 24 July.

Nearly all cruise lines around the world suspended operations the week of 9 March as coronavirus cases surged around the globe. Initially, most lines said they planned to resume sailing after 30 days. But with the pandemic showing few signs of slowing, many lines later extended their shutdowns to mid-May.

This week’s announcements will affect hundreds of thousands of travellers with bookings in the coming months. Carnival alone accounts for nearly one of every five cruises taken worldwide.

All the lines said passengers on affected sailings could choose between a full refund or a credit for a future cruise. They all offered incentives to encourage customers to take the credits.

Carnival, for instance, offered customers who chose a credit an additional $300 to $600 per cabin in onboard credit, depending on the length of the trip. To get the additional credit, cruisers must rebook by 31 December.

Giving out future cruise credits instead of cash refunds allows the lines to preserve cash. In a regulatory filing earlier this month, Carnival’s parent company, Carnival Corp., said it was burning through $1 billion a month.

Carnival Corp. is the parent company of Carnival, Princess Cruises, Holland America and Seabourn as well as five other major cruise brands.

This week’s announcements are the latest evidence that cruising worldwide is unlikely to resume in a meaningful way until at least the summer.

A handful of lines such as Viking already had cancelled all sailings through late June, and some lines are starting to go even further with cancellations for specific itineraries and specific ships. On Monday, for instance, Norwegian Cruise Line cancelled all scheduled sailings on one of its 17 ships, Norwegian Sun, through October. The ship, currently docked in Jacksonville, Florida, had been scheduled to spend the summer in Alaska.  

Norwegian said Norwegian Sun would reposition to Port Canaveral, Florida, to sail a mix of three- to five-day itineraries to the Bahamas and Florida as well as the Western Caribbean once the line’s coronavirus-caused shutdown to cruise operations was over.   

Carnival also has cancelled sailings on some ships into the fall. On Monday, the line cancelled all sailings on its 2,984-passenger Carnival Sunrise through 19 October. The ship had been scheduled to sail out of New York over the summer.

Carnival also has cancelled sailings on its 2,680-passenger Carnival Legend and 3,873-passenger Carnival Radiance through 30 October and 1 November, respectively. The ships had been scheduled to be in Europe this year.

Here’s a look at the current status of operations at more than three dozen river, ocean and expedition cruise brands that market to North Americans:

Adventure Canada has cancelled all 2020 departures.

AmaWaterways has cancelled all sailings through 31 May.

American Cruise Lines has cancelled all sailings through 17 May.

American Queen Steamboat Company has cancelled all sailings through 16 May.

Avalon Waterways has cancelled all sailings through 30 June.

Azamara has cancelled all sailings through 11 June.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has cancelled all sailings through 6 May.

Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all sailings through 26 June. Sailings on some ships have been cancelled into the fall.

Celebrity Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 11 June. Sailings in Alaska have been cancelled through the end of June.

Celestyal Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 28 June.

Costa Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 30 May.

Cunard Line has cancelled all sailings through 15 May.

Crystal Cruises has cancelled all sailings through the end of May. The line also has delayed to debut of its new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, until 14 November.

Disney Cruise Line has cancelled all sailings through 17 May. The line also has cancelled all Alaska sailings through the end of June.

Emerald Waterways has cancelled all sailings through 30 June.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has cancelled sailings into May with ships scheduled to resume service at varying dates. The current plan is for Europa and Europa 2 to resume sailing on 9 May and 13 May, respectively. Hanseatic Inspiration, Bremen and Hanseatic Nature are scheduled to return to service of 18 May, 23 May and 30 May, respectively.

Holland America has cancelled all sailings worldwide through 30 June. The line also has cancelled all Alaska sailings for 2020 on Maasdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Volendam and Westerdam.

Hurtigruten has cancelled its international expedition sailings through 12 May. The line has cancelled its coastal sailings in Norway through 20 May. In addition, cruises in Alaska have been cancelled through 1 July.

MSC Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 29 May.

Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled all sailings through 14 May. Voyages on Norwegian Sun have been cancelled through 18 October.

Oceania Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 10 May.

Paul Gauguin Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 7 May.

Ponant has suspended operations until further notice.

Princess Cruises has cancelled all sailings worldwide through 30 June. The line also has cancelled all Alaska sailings for 2020 on Coral Princess, Grand Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Star Princess and Golden Princess. Sailings on Enchanted Princess have been cancelled through 31 July. Sailings on Diamond Princess and Sun Princess have been cancelled through 4 August and 4 September, respectively.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 14 May.

Royal Caribbean has cancelled all sailings through 11 June.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has cancelled all sailings through 30 June.

Seabourn has cancelled all sailings through 30 June.

SeaDream Yacht Club has cancelled all sailings through 7 May.

Silversea has cancelled all sailings through late mid-May. The line’s ships now are scheduled to resume service on various dates between 13 May and 7 June.

Tauck has cancelled all sailings through 15 May.

UnCruise Adventures has cancelled departures in April and a handful of early May sailings.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has cancelled all European sailings through 23 April. The river cruise specialist has cancelled Egypt sailings through 1 May.

Victory Cruise Lines has cancelled all sailings through 16 May.

Viking has cancelled all sailings through the end of June.

Virgin Voyages has postponed its inaugural voyage until 7 August.

Windstar Cruises has cancelled all sailings through 21 May.

Featured image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.

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