Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Royal Caribbean suspends sailings for rest of 2020

Royal Caribbean has suspended sailings for the rest of the year.

The cruise line made the announcement on Tuesday.

"At Royal Caribbean International, our guests and crew's safety and well-being are always our top priorities. After further consulting with our partners at Cruise Lines International Association and in conjunction with the CDC, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings for our global fleet for all sailings through December 31, 2020, excluding sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas, with a plan to resume operation on January 1, 2021," the cruise line said in an announcement. 

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The suspension has been extended for two ships, Odyssey of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.

Odyssey of the Seas sailings from November 5 through March 26, 2021, has been cancelled.

Royal Caribbean said given the closure of shipyards along with the disruption to the supply chain caused by this pandemic, they will need additional time to complete the Odyssey of the Seas’ scheduled construction.

The Liberty of the Seas’ amplification has been postponed to a later date, and the ship will now sail to Galveston earlier than planned.

"Regrettably, only one ship can dock at the Galveston pier at a time, so we have cancelled our February 14, 2021 Jewel of the Seas cruise," the cruise line said. 

Regarding refunds, Royal Caribbean said with an unprecedented volume of refunds and credits, they are delayed and currently, some refunds are taking up to 45 days from the date requested.

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