Royal Caribbean Removes Ship From 2021 Alaska Season

Royal Caribbean has announced that Quantum of the Seas will no longer be sailing in Alaska this coming summer.

In a note to travel agents, the line said that “As you know, Quantum of the Seas resumed operations in Singapore last month… her success has prompted the decision to keep the ship in the Asia-Pacific region through the summer months and, therefore, we will be suspending Quantum of the Seas’ 2021 Alaska season.”

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Quantum of the Seas at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

The change will affect sailings that were set to depart from April 25 to October 14. It will not affect Alaska sailings on Ovation of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and Radiance of the Seas, who as of right now are still set to sail in Alaska this year.

The following options are available to those who were booked on these sailings from May 10 to September 27:

Lift & Shift

Lift & Shift allows passengers to move their existing reservation to next year, on a qualifying cruise with the same itinerary, sailing length, stateroom category, and one-week time frame. This option is only available until February 4, 2021.

Future Cruise Credit

Passengers can instead opt for a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit, which is based on the total cruise fare paid per guest. If no other option is chosen, this option will automatically be issued on or before February 19, 2021.

Taxes and fees, as well as any pre-purchased amenities or onboard packages will be automatically refunded within 45 days from the cancellation date.

READ: How to Use a Future Cruise Credit

Those who previously opted to take advantage of the Cruise with Confidence policy will still receive their 100 percent Future Cruise Credit, and this option isn’t available to them.


Anyone who prefers a refund can select this option on or before March 31, 2021. The refund should return to the original form of payment within 45 days from the cancelation date.

Currently, Royal Caribbean is planning to resume sailing in the United States in May 2021.

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