Another two cruise lines in Europe have decided to cancel even more sailings due to current travel restrictions around the world.
Two more cruise lines have announced an extension on the pause of cruise operations: Marella Cruises and Celestyal Cruises.
Marella Cruises, which is a UK-based cruise line and part of the TUI travel brand, extended its pause on operations through July 30, 2020. The further cancellation of cruises is due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which has advised against all but essential travel.
As a result, those guests on the impacted sailings will be receiving compensation. A full cruise refund is on offer along with an extra 20% incentive but only for those who booked packages. A simple regular refund can also be requested using an online form.
To provide confidence in bookings moving forward, guest can amend their booking free of charge to a later date. The suspension impacts the entire fleet of Marella Cruises including Marella Explorer 2, Marella Explorer, Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2, and Marella Dream.
The cruise operator Celestyal Cruises has also announced more cruise cancellations due to the ongoing pandemic and how it is impacting travel around the world. The cruise line has decided to extend the suspension until July 30, 2020.
The decision was made not just due to travel restrictions but also many port closures. However, the Greek government has announced a gradual return to some normality with flights from select countries resuming in July.
As Celestyal is mainly based out of Greece things should slowly improve and the cruise line is working with authorities in the country for a return to service.
The cruise line is offering guests on the impacted sailings a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 120% of the original booking value. The offer will need to be used by the end of December 2021 on cruises departing through December 2022.
This news follows other cruise lines which have also extended their pause on cruises. Just yesterday Cruise Hive posted about Costa Cruises and Aida Cruises extending their dates. Also, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced its return to service along with new health measures.
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