At this point, you already know about the current situation regarding sailing adjustments and cruise cancellations. There’s a worldwide pandemic, and no one really knows when it’ll be safe to travel and be in large crowds again. That’s a given. Cruise lines definitely don’t have the answers, sadly, and many are still hesitant to get back in the game. Here are the cruise lines that have most recently changed their plans.
As of June 9th, Cunard announced that they will not be sailing until November. However, there is slightly more nuance to their plans than that. Their fleet is only three ships, so here’s a quick breakdown. Queen Victoria and Queen Mary II have had all of their itineraries cancelled until November 2nd, while Queen Elizabeth has had all cancelled until November 23, a bit longer. Alongside the announcement, Cunard also said that they are focusing on making their return as safe as possible, and that they are working with governmental and health agencies to ensure this.
The most recent news from Norwegian has to do with cancellations for one ship and one ship alone: the Norwegian Jewel. All itineraries aboard that ship from September 25th, 2020 to February 27, 2021 are all cancelled. Interestingly, the company didn’t elaborate much on why this was happening, instead just saying that it was “a result of changes to the redeployment of [their] fleet.” So whether these sailings are being cancelled due to coronavirus or anything else going on internally is a mystery as of now.
While Holland America’s most recent cancellations aren’t quite as sweeping as the two above, guests of the company should definitely pay close attention to see if any of their bookings are being affected. Several of their ships are being affected by travel bans, forcing them to cancel itineraries on the following ships: Westerdam, Noordam, Volendam, Koningsdam, Eurodam and Maasdam. These cancellations largely have to deal with Canadian cruises throughout the rest of the year, as well as Hawaiian ones all the way into next year. You can read about coronavirus-related updates from the company over here on their travel advisory page.
It’s always a bummer to have to continually hear about cruise lines cancelling their cruise seasons, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that this is only temporary. These cruise lines will be able to bounce back and start offering us the vacations we love from them as soon as it’s safe. Stay patient, folks! (And remember to check with your travel agents about refunds.)