Royal Caribbean Suspends Cruising for an Additional 30 Days
In a not so surprising press release, Royal Caribbean suspends cruising for an additional 30 days. Royal Caribbean is the first of the major cruise lines to release updates on when global operations are expected to resume. Royal Caribbean has decided to extend the suspension of sailings until May due to the ongoing global health crisis.
Royal Caribbean was scheduled to resume operations on April 11, 2020, with several cruise ships scheduled to depart within the first few days of being back in service. Now, the cruise line is expected to resume service on May 12, 2020. While Voyager of the Seas, which home ports in Asia, is expected to resume sailings in June 2020.
Given port closures, Royal Caribbean further states that it does not expect to resume cruising to Alaska and Canada/New England until July 1, 2020. While the Canadian government had already announced these port closures, Royal Caribbean is the first of the brands to officially make this announcement.
Royal Caribbean is working with guests to address the disruptions to their cruise vacations. The cruise line is also working with crew to address the issues that this decision presents to them. As a result of this change, Royal Caribbean is automatically providing guests who were impacted by these changes a 125% future cruise credit. This future cruise credit must be applied to a sailing prior to December 31, 2021. All pre-purchased amenities will also be refunded. If you would prefer the 100% refund to your original form of payment, you can request a refund until the end of 2021.
Stay tuned for all the latest updates from other cruise lines as they emerge.
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