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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 31st July 2020. In addition for sailings after 1st August, 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 from 15th March till 15th September 2020 for all ships (China sailings will be suspended through 30th June, 2020). Canada sailings will be suspended through October 31, 2020, due to the Canadian government’s extended travel ban on cruise ship travel. Bermuda sailings will be suspended through October 31st, 2020.
Royal Caribbean’s enhanced Cruise with Confidence program gives you even more flexibility to cancel any cruise that sets sail from now through till 30th April, 2022. Cancel your booking upto 48 hours prior to the sailing and get the entire amount as a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) which is valid till 31st December 2021 OR 12 months from your original cancelled sail date (whichever is longer) and can be used for any open sailings at the time of booking.
So go ahead and book your Royal Caribbean cruise with confidence!

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL has extended their voluntary suspension of voyages till 31st August, 2020. As of now, NCL plans to recommence sailings from 1st September, 2020.
Guests who had an active reservation on one of the suspended cruises will automatically receive a 125% or 150% 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.
For all cruises through 30th Sep 2020, NCL has introduced a Peace of Mind Policy which allows you the flexibility to cancel your cruise upto 48 hours prior to your holiday start date and receive a Future Cruise Credit for sailings through December 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 remaining Alaska cruises on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess
  • All remaining Europe and Transatlantic cruises on Enchanted Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess, Crown Princess and Island Princess
  • Summer Caribbean cruises and all Canada & New England cruises on Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess
  • Summer to Fall cruises departing from Japan on Diamond Princess
  • Australia-based cruises on Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess through August
  • July cruises sailing from Taiwan on Majestic Princess
  • Fall cruises sailing to Hawaii and French Polynesia on Pacific Princess through November
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 have cancelled all sailings of Genting Dream from 03rd May to 31st July 2020.
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 travel restrictions continuing for the near future due to global health concerns, Holland America Line has decided to extend its pause of global cruise operations and cancel all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises in 2020.
Holland America has introduced a ‘Book with Confidence’ Offer where they have implemented new short-term cancellation policies for cruise bookings that sail through October 15, 2020. You can cancel your cruise for any reason and receive a Future Cruise Credit in the amount of your cancellation fees. Some restrictions apply.
Cruises Departing on Or Before August 31, 2020:
  • Booking is cancelled no less than 48 hours prior to sailing
For cruises departing on or before August 31, 2020, you can cancel your cruise no less than 48 hours before departure and your Future Cruise Credit will be automatically applied to your booking in approximately 60 to 90 days. No further action is required.
Cruises Departing Between September 1-October 15, 2020:
  • Booking is cancelled no less than 30 days prior to sailing
For bookings made between March 1–May 31, 2020 on cruises departing September 1–October 15, 2020, you must cancel the booking no less than 30 days prior to sailing and your Future Cruise Credit will be applied in approximately two weeks time.


MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has extended the suspension of fleet-wide departures through to 10 July. MSC had previously announced the temporary halting of all its ships globally through to 29 May.
MSC has introduced a Flexible Cruise Programme that allows guests who are already booked on an MSC Cruises ship, to reschedule their cruise to a future departure date through to 31 December 2021. Guests will be able to transfer any such bookings at no cost to any ship with any itinerary in the MSC Cruises fleet.

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises has extended the voluntary suspension of its cruises until 31st July.
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.