Published: December 17, 2020 - 12:01 AM
December 15, 2020 - It comes as no surprise that cruise lines have decided to further push out their re-introduction to service as they face the challenges to meet the CDC's guidelines for returning to service. In addition, the recent spike in COVID cases will also open the door for poor press should the cruise lines return to service and then have to shutdown due to an outbreak.
Om the positive side, the introduction of a vaccine to combat COVID can possibly serve as an accelerant for the cruise lines to resume service. Regardless cruising will not resume to normal for years to come.
Here are the latest announcements.
Reports indicate that the remaining passengers on the SeaDream I will be cleared to go home by the weekend. No information is available on the status of the next cruise and if it will sail as expected. Please note that the SeaDream I cruises are departing and returning to Barbados and are NOT visiting US ports.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Cancels All January and February Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today announced an extension of its previously announced suspension of global cruise voyages, now extending through February for its Norwegian brand, as the company continues to work through its return to service plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The company operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
The suspension now includes all voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line embarking between January 1 through February 28 and select voyages in March 2021 and all voyages on Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises embarking between January 1 through March 31, 2021.
Royal Caribbean Extends Suspension of Cruises, Most Canceled Through February
Royal Caribbean Group announced on Wednesday that while it continues to "work CDC and government authorities around the world towards the shared goal of safely returning to cruising," it is extending the suspension of most cruises.
Royal Caribbean International has canceled: Most global sailings suspended through February 28, 2021; Australia sailings suspended through April 30, 2021; Spectrum of the Seas China sailings suspended through January 20, 2021; Quantum of the Seas is resuming service in Singapore.
Celebrity Cruises has canceled; All global sailings suspended through February 28, 2021; South America sailings suspended through April 7, 2021.
Carnival Cruise Line Cancels February Sailings, More Adjustments
Carnival Cruise Line announced today that it is informing guests and travel agents that it has canceled select itineraries for specific operations in 2021, as it implements its plans for the resumption of cruising in 2021, including cruise operations in February from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston and moving the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras until April 24, 2021. The Mardi Gras will operate from Port Canaveral and start cruising in April; Carnival will take delivery of the ship from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland later this month and eventually sail to the U.S. and meet the requirements of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
Carnival is also canceling the remaining itineraries scheduled to operate from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston through Feb. 28.
MSC Extends Cruise Pause in U.S. Through February
MSC Cruises announced today a further extension of the temporary pause of its US-based sailings through to and including February 28, 2021, in a statement. The decision will affect the schedules of three ships based in Florida: the MSC Seaside in Port Canaveral, and MSC Meraviglia and MSC Armonia both in PortMiami.
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