We’ll be honest with you guys: if you had a cruise booked for this spring or early summer, you got some bad luck. Nearly all cruise lines are currently out of operation due to the coronavirus right now, and it’ll be a while before we can sail on the seven seas like we used to in those good old pre-corona days. Ah, how we miss them. If you think that your cruise may have been cancelled due to cruise lines’ suspensions of operations, let’s take a look at what you should do.
1. Check the dates
The most important thing to know about the current situation is that every cruise line is handling it differently. For instance, some are still holding out on the idea of opening back up in May; others have pushed this date back to June. There isn’t a current order that goes for all cruise lines, so you’ll have to do some research to see if your cruise line is indeed out of operations at the time of your cruise.
2. Check for reschedulings
While most itineraries have just been straight up cancelled due to the pandemic, others have been moved around or delayed. Make sure that your itinerary did indeed fall in the time period that your cruise line will be inactive. If it doesn’t, it would also be wise to look at the specific trip you have booked. For instance, some cruise lines have completely cancelled sailings to Alaska or Canada for the summer due to international travel restrictions. The key here is just doing your research.
3. Check the policies
So, your cruise was cancelled. Well, what should I do now? Generally, cruise lines have pretty specific policies for what happens when a cruise is cancelled. This usually includes refunds or the ability to schedule a different cruise. However, due to the precarious nature of the current situation, many cruise lines have altered their refund policies to be even more generous than before to ensure that your business sticks around. Lots of companies are offering 125% credit to go towards a new cruise, which is a great opportunity to keep supporting businesses while also bagging yourself an even nicer cruise than before.
4. Read the fine print
With that being said, make sure you read the fine print before booking your next cruise. Most of the time, the 125% credit deals (or other similar refund deals) have to be booked within a certain time period, so learn what that period is as soon as you can. This will give you more options to pick from. It may also be wise to book as far in the future as is allowed, as it will give you the greatest chance of avoiding a second wave of coronavirus crashing your vacation plans once again.
Spring and summer of 2020 aren’t shaping up to be the best season for cruises in history, to say the least. But, the best we can do is to be educated about what our options and are what steps we should take to make the most of the situation. Good luck out there, travelers!