All cruises for the rest of 2020 have been canceled, and impacted customers have been paid. In 2021, the cruise company will return with enhanced health precautions. Sixth update: Here are the specifics: The destination-focused cruise line stated that voyages will not resume until spring 2021. They will use new health guidelines to keep passengers safe and healthy while maintaining their experience.
Carnival has officially declared that its activities in the United States would be discontinued until the end of May 2021. The Miami-based cruise operator stated on May 11, 2021, that three, maybe four, cruise ships will resume sailings in July 2021. All other cruises have been canceled till July 2021. The company said it made this decision because there aren't enough passengers to make a profit otherwise.
The number of passengers with COVID-19 on board these resumed ships is not known. If any do get sick, they could spread the virus throughout the ship. This could cause more people to want to cancel their trips out of fear of getting sick themselves or because they don't want to put others at risk.
In addition, hotels and restaurants on land have been losing money during quarantine periods. It's possible that instead of making a profit, these companies will need to charge more later for room and food service options if they want to stay in business while travelers are confined to their rooms.
Cruise lines used to make a lot of money by charging extra for "guests only" areas of ships. But with the rise of online shopping and dining, these ships are now becoming more affordable. In fact, some people choose cruises over other types of vacations because they can afford them. So canceling a trip due to no-fault reasons such as illness makes sense from a business perspective too.
Except for trips out of Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida, all voyages from the United States will be canceled for the rest of the year, according to the cruise company. All the information is available here.
In August, eight cruise ships will restart sailings, and the majority of the fleet will begin trips until September 2020. Update 2: As a result of the CLIA voluntary suspension, Carnival extended the cancellation of cruises from the United States a few days later.
Cruise lines have been canceling tours since they were first halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the industry's leading trade group, the Cruise Line International Association, or CLIA, announced that cruise lines would be suspending operations for at least 30 days starting on April 15. The move was intended to give companies time to develop new procedures and protocols to prevent the spread of the virus among guests and crew members.
Since then, several major operators have announced plans to start up again. In August, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises announced they would resume sailings in September with enhanced health measures in place. This follows a similar move by Regal Princess in July. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line said it would return to service in November, and Holland America announced it would reopen its ships in January 2021. Finally, MSC Meraviglia, which is operated by Italian shipping company Costa Crociere, will start sailing again in February 2021.
The number of cases of COVID-19 on cruise ships has increased over the past month.
Trips on major cruise lines such as Disney, MSC, and others have been canceled through 2021--and even 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through Feb. 28 and some in March, while its sister lines, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, have cancelled itineraries through the end of March.
All other brands continue to operate as usual. The number of cases in the United States is now over 100,000 and there are now more than 7,800 deaths associated with the virus. It's possible that future outbreaks could change things for sure.
Cruise ships are required by law to give passengers the option of canceling their trips without penalty if they arrive at a port where there is an outbreak of disease. If a ship decides not to cancel trips, then everyone else on board would be given a choice about whether to continue with their journeys or not. Most travelers choose to stay on the boat even if it means being stranded in an isolated place with no way to get home unless your ship decides to make another stop.
The reason why cruises are so vulnerable to pandemics is because they're full of people traveling from one place to another when someone falls sick onboard, nobody knows how the virus spreads, and there are no enough medical facilities to treat all those who need care. Ships can't be quarantined like trains or planes so anyone infected by the virus can spread it everywhere they go.
P&O Voyages has cancelled further cruises due to persistent travel restrictions or because itineraries must be changed for operational reasons. The following cancellations have occurred: Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, and Ventura cruises have been canceled till the end of August 2021. Andros and Calypso cruises have been canceled until the end of July.
These are very bad news for all those people who have already booked their tickets and for others who might consider doing so in the future. When a cruise line cancels, it means that everyone on board will be offered a full refund - including any service charges or fees that might be involved. In some cases, this can amount to a lot of money. For example, if your cruise cost $10,000 and there's a 10% service charge, then the company is required by law to refund you $100 for every day you were scheduled to sail.
However, not all lines are equal when it comes to refunds. Some companies offer only partial refunds, such as P&O Cruises which will only give back the price of your ticket. This means that even if you want to book another cruise with them, you won't get much help from management if something goes wrong again.
It's important to note that canceling a cruise reservation does not guarantee that you will get back your deposit, if any.