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Royal Caribbean Waives Cancellation Fees

Royal Caribbean has announced that it has waived cancellation and rescheduling fees for guests booked on sailings through January 17.

The line also said that some entertainment options onboard may be impacted as it tweaks protocols due to an increase in cases from the Omicron variant.

On Sunday, Carnival made the same announcement for guests on cruises through January 14.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Waives Cancellation Fees Through Mid-January

Puerto Rico Requires Testing For Cruise Visitors

Puerto Rico has changed its cruise call requirements, causing several lines to cancel nearly a dozen ship calls there. Cruise passengers and crew must now submit a negative test taken within 48 hours of arriving in Puerto Rico to be able to visit the island.

This means the ship would have to test everyone on board before being allowed to dock, so many lines are now skipping the port of San Juan in favor of a sea day. So far, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and other lines have canceled scheduled visits in the near future.

This new rule is in addition to Puerto Rico’s vaccine requirement for all cruisers 12 and older.

STORY: Puerto Rico Tightens Cruise Testing Protocols, 11 Ships Cancel

Queen Mary 2 to Skip NYC Call Due to COVID Cases Among the Crew

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will be skipping a scheduled call in New York City on January 3.

In a letter to guests, the ship’s captain said that the vessel must stay in Barbados so it can take on more essential crew members. Dozens of crew either tested positive for COVID or are quarantining as close contacts.

From Barbados, the ship will continue back to the UK to arrive as scheduled on January 10. This means that the seven-night eastbound sailing from New York to Southampton has been canceled.

Guests who were supposed to disembark the ship in New York City will be able to stay onboard for New Year’s Eve, and will then be flown home from Barbados.

Queen Mary 2 is currently on a 28-night Caribbean voyage roundtrip from Southampton.

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