Cruise News Briefs — January 13, 2021 [VIDEO]

Cruise News Briefs — Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Royal Caribbean Cancels Through April 2021

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises have both pushed back their target resumption date, canceling sailings through April 30. 

Celebrity has also axed the May 1 transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex, as well as May to October Europe and transatlantic cruises aboard Edge and Constellation. 

Guests on impacted sailings now have three options: lift and shift their booking to a similar sailing next year, receive a future cruise credit, or get a refund. 

This move comes on the heels of Carnival Cruise Line, which announced earlier this month that it was also canceling voyages through March 31.

STORY: Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Axes Voyages 

Grand Cayman Says No Cruise Ships Through

The head of the Cayman Islands has stated that he doesn’t foresee cruise ships being allowed to dock in the island nation until 2022. 

During a press Q&A, he said that quote “I think we would have to be satisfied that the world was in a very different place in terms of safety-related to the coronavirus, before we would even consider having the cruise ships come here.” 

He added that “the cruise ship business is not really within our contemplation at this stage.” 

Previously, Cayman authorities had extended their cruise ban through December 31, 2020.

MSC Cancels Further Sailings 

MSC Cruises has also announced an extension to its operational pause, though this decision only affects their United States-based ships.

The line has canceled all cruises on MSC Meraviglia, Seaside, Divina, and Armonia through March 31, 2021. 

Guests on affected cruises who have paid in full will receive a 125 percent future cruise credit. Those who instead want a refund can request one.

STORY: MSC Axes Sailings Through the End of March 

  • RCL:   72.47 up ½ percent 
  • NCLH:  24.52 up 1.5 percent 
  • CCL:  20.13 flat 

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