Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean cancel cruises into 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic

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While the cruise business is on an operational pause by way of the top of the 12 months, cruise corporations have begun to voluntarily lengthen their crusing suspensions previous that date as a result of impression of COVID-19.Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corp.’s flagship line, introduced Wednesday that it might cancel extra sailings in 2021.Vance Gulliksen, spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line, informed USA TODAY that each one sailings scheduled to depart from U.S. ports till March have been canceled.”We had cancelled all voyages through Feb. 2021 with the exception of Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston,” Gulliksen added. “Those are now cancelled too and (the) Mardi Gras inaugural cruise has been pushed back from Feb. 6 to April 24.”Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, apologized to passengers in a launch supplied by Gulliksen.“We apologize to our guests but we must continue to take a thoughtful, deliberate and measured approach as we map out our return to operations in 2021,” Duffy, stated. “Our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is at the forefront of our decisions and operations.”Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. introduced in a press launch Wednesday it has prolonged its crusing suspension for the three cruise strains it operates.The suspension has been prolonged by way of February 28 for the corporate’s flagship Norwegian Cruise Line with some further voyages in canceled in March. For subsidiaries Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, all itineraries by way of March 31 have been canceled.”The Company will continue to work in tandem with global government and public health authorities and its Healthy Sail Panel expert advisors to take all necessary measures to protect its guests, crew and the communities visited,” Norwegian stated within the launch.Also on Tuesday, Royal Caribbean Group, the guardian firm to Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Azamara Cruises, has canceled most sailings world wide by way of Feb. 28, 2021, with some further sailings canceled by way of April 30.Story continues”While we continue to work with the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and government authorities around the world towards the shared goal of safely returning to cruising, Royal Caribbean Group will be extending the suspension of some sailings,” the cruise firm stated in a press launch.The cancellations and resumption dates range by line:Royal Caribbean International:Most world sailings canceled by way of Feb. 28.Australia sailings canceled by way of April 30.Spectrum of the Seas China sailings canceled by way of Jan. 20, 2021.Quantum of the Seas has resumed crusing in Singapore.Celebrity Cruises:Silversea Cruises:Azamara Cruises:Last month, Britain’s P&O Cruises, a part of Carnival Corp., introduced it might not resume operations earlier than April 2021, the corporate stated.In an announcement, P&O CEO Paul Ludlow cited “the ever-changing guidance around international travel and the varying regulations in many European ports of call.”Disney Cruise Line has prolonged its hiatus by way of Jan. 31. Sailings have been canceled on the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream by way of Feb. 1 and on the Disney Fantasy by way of Feb. 6.Two extra Carnival Corp. subsidiaries have additionally introduced they’ll droop sailings till April 1: Holland America Line, Princess Cruises .”As Holland America Line continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the company is extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021,” the cruise line stated in its announcement.The cruise line additionally canceled itineraries of eight days or longer that make port calls within the U.S. till Nov. 1, 2021. Some longer voyages in South America, Australia and New Zealand and Asia may even be canceled by way of mid-April 2021, in accordance with the announcement with some rescheduled to comparable dates in 2022.Princess Cruises prolonged its operational pause on all cruises throughout the globe by way of March 31 of 2021 to “allow time” to satisfy security requirements and full actions required by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Conditional Sailing Order” to renew crusing in U.S. waters, the corporate introduced in an announcement Friday.“We are focused on preparing our ships to meet the CDC health and safety requirements for our eventual return to service,” stated Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, within the assertion.The cruise line owns the Diamond Princess and Grand Princess ships, each of which had lethal COVID-19 outbreaks on board earlier this 12 months that compelled the ships into quarantine.According to the CDC, 712 passengers on the Diamond Princess examined optimistic for COVID-19, and 9 died. A cluster of instances was traced to the Grand Princess, together with a northern California man regarded as the state’s first COVID-19 loss of life on the time.The firm additionally introduced the cancellation of cruises longer than seven days which might be departing from the U.S. till November 1, 2021. Additionally, Princess canceled cruises in Japan by way of June 25, 2021. The Diamond Princess was quarantined in Japan in March.This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean cancel cruises into 2021