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Royal Caribbean Cancels All November 2020 Cruises

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Royal Caribbean Group has made the decision to cancel all sailings through November 30, 2020, meaning that the first voyage will not take place until December 1, at the earliest.

Independence of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Previously, the cruise line had cancelled sailings through October 31, 2020, with an eye toward beginning a limited return to service in November.

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“To ensure we have ample time to focus on our healthy return to service initiatives, our global suspension has been extended through November 30th, 2020, with a plan to resume operation on December 1st, 2020,” the cruise line said in an email to travel partners.

A note on the cruise line’s website elaborated by saying, “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.”

In addition to the above cancellations, other changes to Royal Caribbean’s roster include:

Australia sailings through December 31st, 2020.

Odyssey of the Seas sailings through April 17th, 2021 will be cancelled. Given the closure of shipyards along with the disruption to the supply chain caused by this pandemic, the company says they will “need additional time to complete the Odyssey of the Seas’ scheduled construction.”

Liberty of the Seas’ amplification has been postponed, although no new date was given. As a result, the ship will sail to Galveston, Texas, earlier than originally planned. But because only one ship can dock at the Texas pier at a time, Royal said that would “have to cancel our February 14, 2021 Jewel of the Seas cruise.”

Refund and Rescheduling Options

Quantum of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Guests with impacted sailings have choices on rescheduling their cruise, receiving a Future Cruise Credit or a Refund.

125% Future Cruise Credit can  be used to book a new cruise by December 31, 2021 for sailings on or before April 30th, 2022, based on your total cruise fare paid, to be issued by November 4, 2020. Taxes and fees will be automatically refunded.

Lift and Shift allows you to move your existing booking to a sailing in 2020. You’ll retain your original pricing and/or promotion on the same itinerary, length, product, and stateroom category as the original sailing within 4 weeks (before or after) of the original sail date the following year.

A 100 percent refund  is available to those who would prefer a full refund, requested by December 31, 2020. You can expect to receive your refund 45 days after you submit your refund request.

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