Amidst all the cruise cancellations and voluntary suspensions of global cruise operations that occurred on March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19, the Canadian government also released a statement regarding cruise ships in Canadian waters. The statement iterated that “the Government of Canada will defer the start of the cruise ship season in Canada, from April 2, 2020, to July 1, 2020, at the earliest. This deferral will apply to cruise ships capable of carrying more than 500 passengers and crew members.” Further, the Port of Seattle also issued a statement stating that it expects a delay to the start of the 2020 cruise season. To help address all of the questions, we have put together this comprehensive post on How the Coronavirus is Impacting the Alaska Cruise Season. We will continue to update this post as more details emerge from the cruise lines. UPDATED 4/1/20!
How the Coronavirus is Impacting the Alaska Cruise Season
Royal Caribbean International
In a press release on March 24th, Royal Caribbean extended its current cruise suspension by an additional 30 days and also addressed the Alaska cruise season. Royal Caribbean states that it does not expect to resume cruising to Alaska and Canada/New England until July 1, 2020 due to current port closures. The ships impacted by this delay in the Alaska cruise season include Ovation of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, and Serenade of the Seas.
Celebrity Cruises has also suspended all Alaska sailings until July 1st. This impacts Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Solstice, and Celebrity Millennium. Further, Canada/New England sailings departing May 19th, May 28th, and June 16th on Celebrity Summit will be modified due to Canadian restrictions. Guests booked on these sailings will be contacted directly with the new itinerary.
Carnival Cruise Line
UPDATED: Carnival Cruise Line released an official statement regarding Alaska cruise season today, April 1st. This announcement comes days after the cruise line extended the cruise suspension by another 30 days. The additional sailings impacted by today’s announcement include Alaska cruises departing through June 30, 2020 as well as all San Francisco sailings through the remainder of 2020.
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Holland America Line
Holland America has an official statement on its website acknowledging Canada has suspended cruise season until July 1, 2020. The cruise line states, “We will be evaluating our Alaska and Canada & New England cruises scheduled within this time frame and will share more information as soon as we have it.”
Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Wonder currently has cruises that are scheduled to visit Canada beginning on April 29, 2020. Disney Cruise Line’s website states, “We are currently evaluating various options and have not made changes to any itineraries. Once a decision is made, we will reach out to Guests booked on these sailings.” The cruise line also requests that guests with booked Alaska cruises refrain from contacting the call center at this time.
Norwegian Cruise Line
As of 4/1/20, no updates have been made regarding Alaska sailings. Guests can currently still book Alaska cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line’s website for May and June. Stay tuned for updates as they emerge.
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Princess Cruises has currently paused all global operations until May 10, 2020. At this time, no official statement has been released about Alaska cruise season. Sailings in May and June are still available for booking on the website. Princess Cruises will be impacted the greatest as it currently has 8 ships scheduled to sail in Alaska this season.
UPDATED: Viking Cruises has also recently released further updates to its cruise cancellations. This new extension to the cruise suspension applies to all river and ocean ships, which will continue the pause in operations through June 30, 2020. This new date coincides nicely with the predicted July 1st date from the Canadian government. The first Alaska sailing on Viking Orion is scheduled for July 5, 2020.
In a statement released on March 23rd, UnCruise has currently cancelled the Alaska cruises listed below. The cruise line states that they will continue to evaluate Alaska, Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii departure dates from May onward on a weekly basis.
- Wilderness Discoverer—April 18; May 2
- Wilderness Adventurer—April 11, 18, 25; May 2
- Wilderness Explorer—April 18, 25; May 2
- Pacific Northwest Safari Quest—April 11, 18, 25
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