Carnival-owned cruise brands have cancelled further sailings in select regions. Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn have all announced cancellations across multiple regions including Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico, depending on the cruise line.
This comes as the situation on resuming cruises remains very fluid. Travel restrictions remain in most countries, including the United States, where cruise lines are still waiting on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
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Princess Cruises Extends Suspension
So we start with Princess Cruises which has announced an extended pause on operations from Los Angeles in California, Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and Rome in Italy through June 30, 2021.
This impacts sailings in the Caribbean, California Coast, Mexico, and the Mediterranean with cruises not resuming until July 2021 at the very earliest. Here are the details of the specific cancellations from Princess Cruises:
- Caribbean Princess: Seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises
- Enchanted Princess: Seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic, seven-day Western Mediterranean, and 14-day Western Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley
- Ruby Princess: Seven-day Classic California Coast, seven-day Mexican Riviera, and five-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway sailings
For those who are impacted by further cancellations, the cruise line is offering to move to an equivalent cruise in 2022. The rebooking will be protected by the 2021 cruise fare. A Future Cruise Credit (FCC) can also be chosen which is 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional 10%.
If there is no 2022 option for rebooking then the cruise line will automatically move guests to the future cruise credit option. Any credit will need to be booked and sailings by December 31, 2022. A full refund can be requested using an online form if guests no longer want to cruise with Princess Cruises in the future.
Holland America cancellations
Another one of Carnival’s cruise brands has also made the decision to cancel more sailings. Holland America Line has now paused its European operations through June 30, 2021. This now means cruises won’t start to resume until July 2021 at the earliest.
The further suspension will impact cruises departing in May and June on Nieuw Statendam, Volendam and Westerdam, along with the Collectors’ Voyages associated with those canceled cruises. Collectors’ Voyages combine nonrepeating itineraries for an extended, back-to-back cruise experience. Here are the specific details from the cruise line:
- Nieuw Statendam: Eight departures from May 2 through June 27, 2021, that include seven- and 14-day Norway and Baltic itineraries, as well as the 14- and 21-day Collectors’ Voyages of those cruises.
- Volendam: June 19, 2021, 14-day Adriatic Dream cruise and the 24-day Adriatic Dream and Greek Odyssey Collectors’ Voyage departing the same date.
- Westerdam: June 19, 2021, 12-day Greece and Adriatic Antiquities cruise and the 24-day Adriatic Antiquities and Mediterranean Romance Collectors’ Voyage departing the same date.
Holland America Line previously paused global cruise operations and canceled all departures on all ships through April 30, 2021; Mediterranean cruises through early June; and all departures sailing to or from a Canadian port in 2021.
Holland America line is informing guests of their options. The policy is very similar to Princess Cruises by allowing the option to rebook for 2022 using the 2021 fare rate.
If guests decide not to accept a cruise booking in 2022 by April 15, 2021, they automatically default to receive a Future Cruise Credit of 110% of any cash paid on the booking.
Guests can also choose a full refund by using an online form but this must be completed no later than April 15, 2021. The FCC can be used on sailings through December 31, 2022.
Seabourn Cruises Cancelled
Seabourn is the third Carnival-owned cruise line to announce more cancellations. The luxury line is suspending its hold on operations for select departures in Europe.
Here’s when each ship now plans on resuming cruises with three aiming for July and one ship from November 2021:
- Seabourn Sojourn, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021.
- Seabourn Encore, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021.
- Seabourn Ovation, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021.
- Seabourn Quest, with its next scheduled departure now set for November 7, 2021.
Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, said:
“Our highest priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the people in destinations we visit.”
“We understand guests are eager to travel and, even though we have extended our pause in operations a bit further, we continue to prepare to welcome them back once again.”
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Guests with impacted cruise bookings have until April 15, 2021, to request to be re-booked to a comparable 2022 voyage at their 2021 rate paid plus current amenities.
Guests who prefer an alternative choice can also request a bonus future cruise credit offer or a full refund of monies paid to Seabourn to the original form of payment.
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