Cruise: Latest restart plans from P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean & more – March update

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Cruise holidays are still off the cards for now amid an ongoing warning against cruises from the FCDO. However, some cruise insiders are optimistic cruising could return in time for the summer.

“Ocean cruising in the UK, I think will happen this year,” Adam Coulter, managing editor of Cruise Critic UK told Express.co.uk

“But I’d be really reluctant to give a date. Maybe the summer to hedge my bets.”

Though there has been no confirmation of a restart date for all cruises, many lines have set out preliminary return to sailing dates.

Here are the latest updates for some popular global cruise lines.

Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruises has updated its restart date to May 31.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the cruise line said: “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.”

Cruise guests impacted by the cancellation are being offered a future cruise credit and onboard credit. They can also request a full refund.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, which is part of the Royal Caribbean brand, has set its restart date from April 30, 2021.

This includes a May 1 transatlantic cruise onboard Celebrity Apex, as well as Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation which are suspended until October 2021.

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.”

Customers impacted by the cancellations will have the option of selecting a 125 percent future cruise credit, but this must be used by December 31, 2021.

Alternatively, they can opt for a full refund.

Internet, drinks and any shore excursion packages purchased in advance will be automatically refunded.

Cunard

Cunard has cancelled all sailings until spring 2021, though has not set out an exact date for holidays to restart.

As a result of the continuing impact of Covid-19, Cunard has further extended its pause in operations to departures up to and including 28 May 2021 for Queen Mary 2 and up to and including 4 June 2021 for Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Victoria’s programme remains unaffected and is scheduled to resume sailings on 17 May 2021.

The cruise line issued a further update on cruises sailing to or from US and Canadian ports.

“Cunard has reviewed the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Framework for Conditional Sailing and is seeking additional clarification to fully understand the requirements,” reads a statement on the Cunard website.

“We are also reviewing the situation following Canada’s decision to extend the interim order that prohibits cruise ships from sailing in its waters and calling on Canadian ports until February 2022, and we are seeking additional clarification to fully understand the requirements and impact of the briefing given by the UK Government in relation to the roadmap back for hospitality and travel.

“While we await further information, we have (temporarily) stopped selling all cruises eight days and longer which call at a US port and depart between 1 January and 1 November 2021, any impacted voyages visiting Canadian ports, and all voyages due to sail before 21 June.”

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Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of all departures until May 2021, with departures Disney Magic sailings cancelled up to and including August 10.

In a new update, the cruise provider adds: “In light of the Canadian government’s announcement that they will not allow ships with more than 100 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until February 28, 2022, we are evaluating various options for the Disney Wonder’s scheduled season in Alaska.

“Once a decision is made, we will reach out to Guests booked on these sailings.”

Customers booked on impacted sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be able to choose from a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund.

Fred Olsen Cruise Line

Fred Olsen has set out some preliminary restart dates for its ships, starting at the end of spring.

“Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have cancelled sailings on Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral up to June 2021, and Braemar departures up to the Spring of 2022,” states the cruise line.

“If your cruise is cancelled, we will write to you with details of your options at that time.”

Holland America

Holland America, the sister line of Princess Cruises, has announced further cancellations meaning the majority of sailings are now suspended until April 30, 2021.

Cruises are planned to resume as of May 2021.

“Guests and their travel agents are being notified of the cancellations and options for Future Cruise Credits (FCC) and rebooking,” the cruise line said in a statement.

In a new update for Canadian cruises, Holland America states: “Holland America Line continues to review and assess its plans around the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the company is extending its pause of cruise operations to now include all sailings that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port in 2021.

“This will include several Alaska, three Canada/New England and two Pacific Coastal cruises in summer and fall of this year. It also includes all Land+Sea Journeys.”

Marella

Marella Cruises, owned by TUI, has announced 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.

“This will be done in departure date order.”

MSC Cruises

MSC has resumed some operations out of Italy as of January 24, however, are only accepting guests who are residents in Schengen countries.

In an updated statement the cruise line said: “Following the UK government’s briefing on the nations’ roadmap to recovery in which they outlined international travel restrictions will not ease before May 17th, MSC Cruises UK & Ireland has taken the decision to cancel the majority of our sailings until 31st May 2021, for our UK and Irish guests only.

“A report is expected from the Global Travel Taskforce on 12th April and we hope that this report will further support our optimistic outlook for Summer 2021 but in the meantime, we must ensure we study the new framework and to ensure our guests can have a seamless return to holidaying with MSC Cruises.”

Antonio Paradiso, MSC Cruises UK managing director, previously said: “MSC Cruises is ready to welcome British and Irish residents when the guidance changes. We are working closely with CLIA and the relevant authorities to enable British and Irish guests to be welcome back on board our ships when the time is right.”

Norwegian Cruise Line

All Norwegian Cruise Line cruises up to and including May 31, 2021, are cancelled

Customers who have had their holidays cancelled will receive a future cruise credit worth 125 percent of the cost paid. This is valid until December 31, 2022.

Customers who no longer wish to sail will be able to request a refund of the fare paid.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has updated its restart date to June following the Prime Minister’s “roadmap” out of lockdown.

In a statement, the cruise line explained: “Following the UK Government briefing on Monday showing the roadmap back for hospitality and travel, we await more clarity on likely dates for domestic and international cruising.

“While we seek additional clarification to fully understand the requirements and impact of the briefing, and to minimise any potential further disappointment, we have temporarily stopped selling all cruises that are due to depart before 21 June 2021.”

Guest impacted by the latest changes will be offered a voucher worth 125 percent of their original booking which can be used for any sailing up to the end of March 2022.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced it will be cancelling select cruises in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Coast through 2021.

Elsewhere in the world, some cruises are anticipated to resume from June 30.

“In continued response to the impact of the COVID-19 global outbreak and the recent order from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Princess Cruises is cancelling all voyages through June 30, 2020,” reads a statement from the cruise line.

“Princess Cruises is offering two cancellation options. Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages, who have paid in full, will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100 percent of the cruise fare paid and, as an added incentive, an additional 25 percent FCC,” it continues.

“Guests must use their credits on a cruise that sails on or before May 1, 2022. No action is required for guests to receive this offer and they will be notified by e-mail once the credits have been issued.”

Alternatively, guests may contact the cruise line for a full refund of the amount paid.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has axed all cruises up to the beginning of May 2021.

However, Spectrum of the Seas is anticipated to resume from March 2021.

The cruise line is also working on plans for Canada and Alaska cruises following new restrictions on cruises from the Canadian government.

All holidaymakers impacted by cancellations will be issued with an updated itinerary or the option to claim a 100 percent refund or a 125 percent future cruise credit.

Saga Cruises

Saga previously announced it would only be allowing guests who have been “fully vaccinated” to enjoy a cruise holiday.

In order to give holidaymakers “sufficient time to be fully vaccinated” the over-50s holiday specialist has suspended sailings until May 4.

The programme will begin with sailings onboard the Spirit of Adventure on May 4.

The Secrets of Corsica and Sardinia cruise onboard Spirit of Discovery is due to sail on June 2.

All impacted guests will be contacted to “discuss their options”.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages ship Scarlet Lady has yet to make her inaugural sailing.

Current plans state the ship will sail on May 9, 2021, while the Valiant Lady will start on November 14, 2021.

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