Royal Caribbean announced this morning that it is canceling all sailings globally, except for Quantum and Spectrum of the Seas, through February 28, 2021. Sister line Celebrity Cruises has also canceled all cruises within the same time frame.
In a statement on its website, the line said “At Royal Caribbean International, our guests and crew’s safety and well-being are always our top priorities. After further consulting with our partners at Cruise Lines International Association and in conjunction with the CDC, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings for our global fleet for all sailings through February 28th, 2021 – excluding sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas and China Spectrum of the Seas sailings from January 24th – February 28th, 2021. Our plan is to resume further operation in March.”
In a similar statement to travel partners, Celebrity Cruises said “At this time, Celebrity Cruises will be suspending global operations for all sailings departing on or before February 28, 2021, as well as our remaining Winter 2020/21 season in South America.”
Some Royal Caribbean ships have further extensions. Australia sailings scheduled to depart through April 30, 2021 are canceled. And Odyssey of the Seas cruises through March 26, 2021 have also been canceled due to shipyard delays which pushed back the ship’s construction completion date. The ship was floated out of dry dock late last month.
Quantum of the Seas set sail yesterday from Singapore on the first of a series of short “cruises to nowhere.” Previously, the line had canceled all voyages through December 31, 2020, excluding Quantum.
Those booked on now-canceled cruises have the following options:
- A 125 percent Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to be used on a cruise that sets sail by April 30, 2022 for Royal Caribbean, and May 4, 2022 for Celebrity
- Lift and Shift: Move your cruise to another date with protected pricing on the same itinerary, length, and stateroom category.
- A 100 percent refund of the total amount paid to the original form of payment
This announcement follows on the heels of Norwegian Cruise Line, which has also canceled all cruises through February. And last month, Carnival Cruise Line announced that it had suspended sailings through January.