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Updated cruise sailing status & cancellation policies of major cruiseliners

In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus, most cruise lines have temporarily suspended their sailings till 30th Nov 2020. In addition for sailings after 1st December, they have relaxed their cancellation policies to provide guests with more time to make an informed decision about their future travel. Most cruiseliners are offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) of 100% of the cruise booking amount and the option to book a cruise as late as December 2021.

Here is the updated sailing status of major cruiseliners and their revised cancellation policies:

Royal Caribbean

As per the latest update, Royal Caribbean has cancelled sailings of its global fleet till 30th November 2020 and hopes to resume operations from 1st December 2020 onwards.
As a result of this change, Royal Caribbean is providing its guests with a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to come back and sail with Royal Caribbean by April 30th, 2022. The Cruise re-booking has to be done by 31st December, 2021 to utilise the FCC.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL has extended their voluntary suspension of voyages till 30th November 2020. As of now, NCL plans to recommence sailings from 1st December, 2020 except Norwegian Star, Norwegian Spirit, and Norwegian Dawn which has been cancelled through March 2021.
Guests who had an active reservation on one of the suspended cruises will automatically receive a 125% refund of their cruise fare in the form of a Future Cruise Credit which can be applied towards any Norwegian Cruise Line voyage through December 31, 2022.

 

Princess Cruises

Due to reduced air flight availability, the closure of cruise ports in regions around the world and other factors impacting international travel, Princess Cruises is extending its pause of global ship operations and has decided to cancel select cruises through the end of the 2020 summer season, including the following cruises and associated cruise tours:
  • All cruises sailing in and out of Australia on Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun Princess through October 31, 2020
  • All sailings in Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America & Antarctica, Japan, and Tahiti/South Pacific through December 15, 2020
Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages, who have paid Princess in full, will have the option to receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare.
For guests who have not paid in full, Princess will Double the Deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through May 1, 2022. The matching bonus FCC will not exceed the base cruise fare amount of the currently booked cruise and will have a minimum value of $100 per person.

Dream Cruises

Dream Cruises has cancelled all sailings of Genting Dream till 30th November 2020. World Dream will commence ‘cruises to nowhere’ sailings from 6th Nov ’20 ex-Singapore for Singapore nationals only under a pilot programme of the Singapore Tourism Board with enhanced safety protocols and mandatory COVID-19 testing for both crew and passengers.
Dream Cruises has introduced a ‘Cruise As You Wish’ assurance policy for Dream Cruises sailings till 09th April 2021. Bookings made during this period will have the flexibility to cancel up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive 100% future cruise credit to be redeemed of any Dream Cruises sailing embarking on or before 30th September 2021.

 

Holland America Line

With the continuation of travel and port restrictions due to global health concerns, Holland America Line is extending its pause of cruise operations and cancelling departures on all ships through 15th Dec 2020.

MSC Cruises

MSC two flagships MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica resumed operations in the Mediterranean, offering guests from Schengen countries full-experience cruise holidays. MSC Grandiosa started with a 7-nights cruise on August 16th, while MSC Magnifica will depart on October 19th, 2020. For other departures:
  • Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian cruises have been halted till 31st October
  • Northern Europe cruises have been halted till 23rd October

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises has extended the voluntary suspension of its cruises until 30th November.
Costa’s new cancellation policy gives you the possibility of cancelling your reservation up to 48 hours before departure by receiving a future cruise credit in the amount paid for the cruise. You will receive a Future Cruise Credit of the amount paid to Costa to book a new cruise! You can use your credit on a future cruise departing before November 20, 2021.