It seems that the cruise cancellations haven’t stopped just because we are in a new year. January has already brought a fair amount of cancellations from some of the major cruise lines of the world. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of reasons to remain optimistic about this year! But, as this pandemic has patiently taught us, we need to be realistic with our hopes. So, sadly, it looks like most cruise lines are ruling out a restart in the first quarter of this year. Let’s see when they will be sailing again.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival announced on January 6th that all sailings from U.S. ports will be cancelled until April 2021. According to the cruise line, they are currently developing a plan for a “gradual, phased approach.” This means that April likely won’t be the time when their entire fleet is operating at full capacity. Instead, it will mark the beginning of Carnival slowly getting back into business. There were a few other cancellations beyond April as well, all reflecting current CDC guidelines that forbid cruises longer than 10 days.
Princess also made an announcement on January 6th about their future, and it looks like they will extending their suspension of operations for a bit longer than Carnival. They will now wait until May 14th, 2021 to resume sailing. In the meantime, Princess is working on a making their ships safer so as to adhere to new CDC guidelines. Guests will be able to get a refund of 125% of their purchase in the form of Future Cruise Credit. Guests don’t need to do anything to receive these refunds and will be able to use them on any itinerary booked by May 1st, 2022.
Holland America Line
Holland America is also extending their pause in operations. They have now cancelled all of their sailings until May 1st, 2021. There are also a few additional cancellations beyond this date. Many Alaskan and Mediterranean cruises through June are cancelled, as well as itineraries on Zaandam through August. Full details about these cancellations are being sent to anyone who had booked a relevant cruise (as well as their travel agents). They can expect refund details as well.
It’s not just cruises based out of the U.S. that are being cancelled. AIDA had been planning on a few week-long itineraries in February, but new lockdown rules in Germany are pushing these back. They will now start sailing on March 6th with a Mediterranean cruise aboard AIDAstella and Canary Island itineraries on AIDAperla and AIDAmar.
We still trust that 2021 will be the year that things return to normal for cruises. These cancellations and other bumps along the way should be expected.We are slowly getting closer to the day when these cancellations will just be a thing of the past!