Cruise vacations have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic. Many Britons who have booked a cruise have had their trip canceled or postponed. Now two major cruise lines have revealed that the vast majority of their crossings will not continue this summer, according to the latest cruise news.
Seabourn said its five ships would not return until October or November, depending on the ship.
The three companies announced plans to suspend operations in March.
Initially, they said the crossings would not be canceled until the end of June.
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With the latest news, however, customers will now have to wait at least four months before they can leave.
The first Princess Cruises vessel to return to service will be the Majestic Princess in August. The ship is only one of 18.
Nine other ships in the Princess fleet are scheduled to sail in September.
“As the world is still preparing to resume its voyages, it is with great disappointment that we announce an extension of our break in global ship operations and the cancellation of cruise holidays for our loyal customers,” said Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises.
“Among other disruptions, airlines have limited the availability of their flights and many popular cruise ports are closed.
“It saddens us to think about the impact on the livelihoods of our teammates, our business partners and the communities we visit.”
All cruise lines will be automatically notified if their cruise departure has been canceled and what options are available to them.
Princess and Holland America customers who have paid in full for canceled cruises will have the option of a full refund or credit of 125% of the amount paid.
Passengers who have not paid in full will have the choice between a full refund or a credit worth twice the amount they paid as a deposit.
Refund requests must be received before June 15 for Princess and June 1 for Holland America.
If they are not submitted by this date, customers will receive the refundable Future Cruise Credit option.