The Royal Caribbean group today announced that it would be cancelling Celebrity Cruises’ Australian and Asian 2020/21 wave season program.
Additionally, Azamara, the small ship line will also extend is suspension period throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Africa until next year.
Royal Caribbean will extend its suspension of sailings to include those departing on or before 30 November 2020, excluding sailings from Hong Kong.
Royal Caribbean said they would be contacting guests and travel partners.
Luxury cruise line Seabourn also revealed the Seabourn Encore, which was due to sail on four itineraries from Sydney and Auckland, through Asia, will be cancelled until 28 May 2021.
Seabourn will also pause operations of the Seabourn Odyssey through till 15 January 2021 and Seabourn Ovation through till 18 April 2021.
“Our highest priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the people in destinations we visit,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn.
“We know our past guests and travellers are eager to travel when the time is right and that time is on the horizon, so I would encourage anyone to look at their calendar and start planning a trip today to let the excitement build.”
Guests with impacted cruises will automatically be cancelled and all guests will receive Bonus Future Cruise Credits. They can also request a full refund of monies paid to Seabourn. Specific details are as follows:
- Paid in Full: those guests paid in full will receive 125% Future Cruise Credit of the base cruise fare paid to Seabourn. Guests can also request a full refund of the monies paid to Seabourn.
- Under Deposit: those guests with bookings under deposit will receive a Future Cruise Credit valued at 125% of the deposit amount paid. Guests can also request a full refund of the monies paid to Seabourn.
The Future Cruise Credit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and may be used to book sailings departing through 31 December 2022. The amount of non-cruise fare purchases may be transferred to a new booking. Alternatively, guests may request a refund of the monies paid to Seabourn, which will be reimbursed to the original form of payment.
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