Royal Caribbean suspends sailings until May - Cruise International

Royal Caribbean suspends sailings until May

By Liz Jarvis | 25 Mar 2020

Perfect-day-symphony-of-the-seasRoyal Caribbean Cruises, which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea, has suspended all sailings until 12 May in response to the continuing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis worldwide.

In a statement the company said:

“At Royal Caribbean International, the safety and well-being of our guests and crew are always our top priorities.

“On 13 March, we made the decision to voluntarily suspend our sailings departing from US ports, and later on 14 March we decided to also suspend operations for the remainder of our sailings worldwide.

“Today, 24 March, we have decided to extend our voluntary suspension until 11 May 2020. Our goal is to resume operations for most of our ships on 12 May, 2020. Because of announced port closures, there are other itineraries we will be suspending.

“We know, this too shall pass, and we are optimistic that very soon you’ll be excited about planning your next cruise vacation. As always, the most important thing to us will always be the safety of our guests and crew. In the meantime, we’ll continue to monitor the global situation. We wish you good health and truly appreciate your continued loyalty.”

Ships sailing out of Singapore, and ships sailing through Canada have all been impacted differently due to port closures.

Canadian ports will remain closed until 1 July, 2020.

The Port of Singapore will remain closed through May 2020.

Royal Caribbean also announced that they would be providing guests with a 125% Future Cruise Credit to sail with the company by 31 December, 2021, and that a Future Cruise Credit will automatically be issued via email.