Cruise Lines Cancel More Sailings, Prompting Refunds
Numerous cruise lines announced Wednesday they are canceling more sailings through spring of 2021. The move comes as cruise lines grapple with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tough framework for resuming operations.
Cruise operations have been stilled for 10 months. Operations initially halted under the CDC’s first “No-Sail Order” issues on March 14, 2020.
Passengers with schedules cruises on Holland America, Carnival and Princess Cruise lines will be eligible for refunds or future credits due to these cancellations.
Holland America has canceled all cruise departures through April 30, 2021. This includes sailings to destinations in Alaska, the Mediterranean, Canada and New England. Passengers who paid in full will receive a 125% credit and those with unpaid bookings will receive credit in the amount of double their deposit.
Princess Cruises has cancelled sailings in the Caribbean, California and early-season sailings in Alaska and Europe through May 14, 2021. Passengers may receive a refund or 125% future cruise credit.
Carnival Cruise Line canceled all U.S. homeport sailings through March 31, 2021 in addition to other ship-by-ship cancellations. The cruise line said that their cancellations include “many 10-day and longer itineraries not allowed under the CDC guidelines.” The line is also offering future credits equal to the cost of the cruise plus additional onboard credits.
Specific deadlines and details vary based on each cruise line. For exact dates and information, refer to each corporation’s website.
Cruise lines will not be able to return until fully cleared by the CDC. New regulations include frequent testing of passengers and crew, quarantine and isolation areas on the ship, as well as a lab to test crew and passengers.