Royal Caribbean Extends Its Suspension on Cruise Operations

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Royal Caribbean has decided to join other major lines by extending its suspension on cruise operations.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Cancelled Through June 11, 2020

As expected, Royal Caribbean has decided to extend its suspension of cruise operations through June 11, 2020. This extension of cancelled cruises covers brands owned by the company including Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

The cruise company released the following statement:

Given global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to extend the suspension of sailings of our global fleet through June 11, 2020.

We are working with our guests to address this disruption to their vacations, and we are genuinely sorry for their inconvenience.

We expect to return to service on June 12.

The cruise lines will now commence cruises on June 12, 2020. This follows an extended “No Sail Order” by the U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC) impacting all cruise ships under its jurisdiction. Royal Caribbean did respond to the new order last week and stated it is studying how best to respond to the order.

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Royal Caribbean’s original extension due to the global health crisis was through May 12, 2020 but with no end of the situation in sight cruise lines are now holding off on resuming cruises for even longer. Canada has also suspended cruises until July 1 which also impacts the cruise line.

The voluntary suspension of cruises was first announced on March 13 and was just for 30 days. Carnival cruise brands have also announced another extension through late June. You can read the Carnival Cruise line details right here.

Royal Caribbean International will provide guests impacted by the cancelled sailings a 125% Future Cruise Credit. The credit can be used by December 31, 2021, for sailings departing by April 30, 2022. Any pre-booked packages or shore excursions through the cruise line is also being refunded automatically. All the details on cancellation and compensation can be found here.

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