Well folks, it seems that the cancellations relating to coronavirus aren’t exactly slowing down this week. It’s like they say: things need to get worse before they get better. And don’t lose hope, because they definitely will get better! (Don’t take our word for it, though). It’s a fact that coronavirus will pass and one day we will be looking back at it and laughing about all the fun, crazy times we had during it. Well, okay, probably not. But still, it will be a distant memory one day, for sure. Until that day though, the cruise industry is having to find ways to deal with the disease. On that note, here are the latest cruise cancellations.
Celestyal will be suspending operations until May 1. The company released a statement saying, “with an increasing number of temporary closures to cruise ports for select nationals, major attractons and some countries imposing restrictions on public gatherings and visitors, a destination rich company such as Celestyal Cruises is prevented from delivering our promised experience at this time.” Those with bookings cancelled by this decision will receive a 120% credit that they can redeem up until the beginning of 2022.
Princess Cruises is making a move very similar to Celestyal and is suspending operations until May 10. Guests will get a 100% refund that can be used towards another Princess cruise that departs by May of 2022. There is also a cash refund option that guests can access at princess.com. Officials from the company noted that it would be wise to use the website rather than to call, as their lines are understandably quite busy at the moment.
Viking will also be suspending operations until May 1. This goes for both their river and ocean cruises. This comes in light of a guest on one of their recent river cruises being exposed to the disease, forcing all 29 passengers to be put into quarantine. Knowing that more of these quarantine situations could arise, they instead chose to cancel cruises until May, saying “at which time we believe Viking will be in a better place to provide the experiences our guests expect and deserve.”
This statement by Viking is one that will hopefully be a blueprint going forward. For these major companies needing to cancel operations completely, we hope that the downtime afforded them by it will allow them to figure out novel and creative ways to make their ships safer. Until then, we will see what other cruise companies need to duck out due to this tricky disease. Curse you, coronavirus!