Carnival-owned Cunard Line has decided to extend its suspension on cruises until August and some through the beginning of September 2020.
Cunard Line Extends Cruise Suspension to September
The iconic British cruise line has followed several other major cruise lines by extending its suspension on cruise operations. Cunard now has one of the longest suspensions with some cruises cancelled until early September 2020.
Cruises will be cancelled for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria through July 31, 2020 with those sailing starting again from August 1. Queen Elizabeth will resume sailings on September 9, 2020 and that means the entire Alaska season will no longer be taking place.
Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard, said:
“These are extraordinary times and this global outbreak continues to challenge Cunard and the travel industry as a whole.”
“We would love nothing more than to bring our fleet back in to service, and give our guests the holidays they deserve and long for, but with the lockdowns and travel restrictions in place around the world, this is simply not possible at this time.”
“We have been sailing for 180 years and we look forward to many more, we will get through these tough times together and look forward to welcoming our guests back on board again when the time is right.”
The cruise line which is well known for its transatlantic and around the world voyages is contacting impacted guests and providing compensation.
As Cunard has done previously during this pause period, guests who are booked on cancelled voyages will automatically be given a 125% Future Cruise Credit or have an option of a full refund.
This may be used on any sailing before the end of March 2022, and the booking must be made by December 31, 2021. Guests may now also use their Future Cruise Credit for a second cabin to bring friends or family or to upgrade an existing booking.
The cruise line will continue to monitor developments around the world and that return date could be extended again. This comes after another UK cruise line Fred Olsen Cruise Lines extended the pause on cruises but did not announce any set return date.