Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) — which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises — has announced that it is extending its cruise suspension through mid-spring. The pause in sailings will now extend through April 30, 2021, on all three cruise brands.
In a release, the company said that it “continues to work through its return to service plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
It went on to say that the company “will continue to work in tandem with global government and public health authorities and its Healthy Sail Panel expert advisors to take all necessary measures to protect its guests, crew, and the communities visited.”
Those who are currently booked on impacted voyages should contact their travel agent or the cruise line for more information as to what steps need to be taken next.
This news comes on the heels of similar announcements being made by other cruise lines over past few weeks. MSC Cruises further suspended voyages through March 31, 2021 in the United States, and Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises both axed sailings through March 31 as well.
Toward the beginning of January, Carnival Cruise Line also canceled cruises through the end of March, while Holland America Line — which also operates under the Carnival Corporation umbrella — paused operations through April 30. Sister cruise line Princess Cruises went a step further and canceled voyages all the way through May 14.
In other travel news, it was recently announced that as of January 26, all travelers flying into the United States will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof that they had the virus within the previous three months and have since recovered from it.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has all of their 28 ships currently laid up or anchored in various parts of the world.