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Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages, Disney, Carnival cancel additional sailings amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • April 12, 2021

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Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line may have announced a restart plan abroad on April 6″The Cruise Line today canceled all July and August itineraries aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star and Sun,” Norwegian said in an April 6 release. “In addition, voyages aboard Norwegian Epic through Sept. 1; and Norwegian Pearl through Nov. 7 have also been canceled.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Norwegian’s parent company, canceled sailings until July on all three of its cruise lines, the company announced in a March release.

“The suspension now includes all voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises embarking through June 30,” Norwegian said. “The company will continue to work in tandem with global government and public health authorities and its Healthy Sail Panel expert advisors to take all necessary measures to protect its guests, crew and the communities visited.”

canceled all voyages through the end of June, the line announced on April 6.

Royal Caribbean

On April 8, Royal Caribbean, which added new homeports in The Caribbean in March, canceled sailings on much of the rest of its fleet through June 30.

“In order to allow additional time for our return to service preparations, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings for our global fleet through June 30th, 2021 – excluding sailings onboard Quantum, Spectrum, Voyager, Anthem, Adventure, Vision, Jewel, and Odyssey of the Seas,” Royal Caribbean said in an announcement Thursday. 

The cruise line plans to resume “further operation in July.” The ships that are exempt from the order are scheduled to sail in different parts of the world.

Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises itineraries through May 31 are canceled. Azamara, which Royal Caribbean Group is in the process of selling, has canceled voyages through June 30.

Virgin Voyages

While Virgin Voyages announced August sailings in England on April 8, it also canceled sailings in U.S. waters until Sept. 22, when Scarlet Lady, its first ship, will sail from Miami, making its long-delayed debut.

Disney Cruise Line 

Disney Cruise Line announced April 6 that all U.S. departures through June are canceled.

“We are carefully reviewing the recently released guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working toward resuming operations,” Disney said in an announcement. “As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we are cancelling all Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings departing through June 2021.”

Additionally, cruises on Disney Magic are canceled through Sept. 18. Instead, the Magic will hold a series of short voyages in the U.K. this summer that are only open to residents.

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Contributing: Jayme Deerwester

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