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Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Ax Cruises Through April 2021

Sarah Bretz

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In a note to travel agents, sister lines Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises jointly announced that they are extending their pause in operations through April 30, 2021.

Earlier this month, Carnival Cruise Line announced they were canceling voyages through March 31, 2021.

Apex Transatlantic Sailing Cancelled

Celebrity Apex Bahamas cruise

(Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

In making the announcement, Celebrity said that sailings through April 30, 2021, “including the May 1, 2021 transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex” would be canceled. They added that “May through October 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation will also be suspended.”

In brief, Celebrity Cruises will be suspending sailings through April 30th, 2021 including the May 1st, 2021 transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex. As well, May through October 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation will also be suspended.”

Those who were booked on impacted sailings have three options:

allure of the seas

(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Lift & Shift: On or before January 26, 2021, those book on now-canceled voyages can move to a cruise next year that’s the same itinerary type, sailing length, and stateroom category — within the same four-week window as the original cruise date. The fare as well as any promotion the voyage was booked under will be protected.

Future Cruise Credit: Guests can take a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit if booking the new cruise by April 30, 2022 and sailing by September 30, 2022. This is the option that is automatically issued to all impacted guests on or before February 12, 2021 if no other option is chosen.

Refund: Those who want a refund of the amount they’ve paid can request one through March 31, 2021. Anyone who misses the March 31 deadline will automatically be issued a Future Cruise Credit.

As part of their missive to travel partners, Celebrity explained that the move was being made “in order to return in the best way possible.”  Meanwhile, both they and Royal Caribbean International — like all of the major cruise lines — continue to work on putting into place the new health and safety protocols required under the Centers for Disease Control’s current conditional-sail order.

 

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