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Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations
Nanchang Tengwang Pavilion at Nightfall (Photo: chuyuss/Shutterstock)

Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations

Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations
Nanchang Tengwang Pavilion at Nightfall (Photo: chuyuss/Shutterstock)

August 07, 2020

Cruise Critic
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By Cruise Critic
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(Updated 11:21 a.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in globally as the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread.
In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic.
In additon, a number of
ports throughout the world
and the Caribbean are barring ships from docking.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 4 "do not travel" health advisory for travel abroad. The U.K.'s Foreign & Commonwealth Office also updated its travel guidance, advising against all but essential travel abroad.
Cruise lines have reacted by relaxing their
cancellation and postponement policies
, allowing concerned passengers to cancel -- in some cases -- up to 24 hours before departure.
On July 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
updated its no sail order
on all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters.
The order will remain in place until COVID-19 at least September 30
or until there is no longer a public health emergency, and
supersedes individual cruise line dates for a return to service
.
Note: The voluntary extension of the suspension of sailing by CLIA members until October 31 has resulted in many lines extending suspensions past this date.

Industry-Wide Travel Restrictions

On March 13, Cruise Lines International Association, the industry's largest trade association, announced all its member cruise lines would voluntarily suspend cruise ship operations from for 30 days. This was later extended until July 24, 2020. On June19th, CLIA extended the suspension through September 15th for ships departing U.S. ports and released the following statement:
"Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.
"Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September. The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations."
"This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary."

Read the latest developments on how cruise lines are responding to the Coronavirus:

A-ROSA River Cruises

Itinerary Changes
A-ROSA restarted operations on the Douro River on June 17; the Rhine on June 19; and the Danube on June 20. Cruises in France (Seine and Rhone) resumed on July 11.

Adventure Canada

Travel Restrictions
You can find complete details of
Adventure Canada
' travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Adventure Canada has canceled all scheduled 2020 voyages on Ocean Endeavour.

AIDA

Itinerary Changes
AIDA
had planned to restart sailings in early August, however those sailings were scrapped on August 3 due to
logistical challenges
. All other voyages are cancelled through August 31. The line has also stated it was cancelling all voyages with a U.S. or Canadian port call for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Amadeus River Cruises

Itinerary Changes
Amadeus
resumed operations in Europe on July 27, on its new vessel Amadeus Imperial. The line, which caters to international travelers, is sailing six ships.

AmaWaterways

Itinerary Changes
AmaWaterways
has restarted operations on one ship, AmaKristina, with German and Dutch charter passengers.

American Cruise Lines

Itinerary Changes
American Cruise Lines
plans to resume operations on the Upper Mississippi River on August 28, 2020.

American Queen Steamboat Company

Itinerary Changes
American Queen
is set to resume service in August with its fleet re-entering on a staggered basis:
  • American Duchess: Cancelled through August 17
  • American Countess: Cancelled through August 16
  • American Empress: Cancelled through August 16
  • American Queen: Cancelled through August 30

APT

Travel Restrictions
You can find complete details of
APT
's travel restrictions and cancellations
here
.
Itinerary Changes
APT has canceled all cruises up to September 30.

Aurora Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
You can find complete details of
Aurora Expeditions
' travel restrictions and cancellations
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Greg Mortimer's 'Patagonia and Chilean Fjords' and 'Costa Rica and the Panama Canal' voyages, scheduled for April 2 and April 25, 2020, respectively, have been postponed to 2021.
All 2020 Arctic cruises have been canceled through to October. A decision has yet to be made about the Antarctic season commencing November 2020.

Australis

Itinerary Changes
Australis
has been forced to end the current Patagonian cruise season early. The season will resume this fall in September.

Avalon Waterways

Itinerary Changes
Avalon Waterways
has suspended all river cruises through October 31.
You can find a link to a list of modified itineraries and travel restrictions
here
.

Azamara

Travel Restrictions
Azamara
is following all of CLIA's regulations; you can find the latest travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Azamara has canceled all sailings through October 31. Voyages on Azamara Quest for November 4 and November 14, 2020 are also cancelled.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
You can find the latest on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Bahamas Paradise has canceled all cruises scheduled to depart before October 1.

Blue Lagoon Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find the latest updates
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All cruises scheduled to depart through July 31 are now cancelled.

Captain Cook Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find the latest updates
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All Murray River cruises scheduled to depart through June 15 are cancelled. Murray Princess was expected to resume service on June 23. Captain Cook Cruises has suspended operations until August.

Carnival Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
Carnival Cruise Line
is following all CLIA regulations. You can find specifics
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All Carnival cruises in North America are suspended through October 31, 2020.
Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras
Carnival Radiance is delayed until at least Spring 2021. The launch date for Mardi Gras has now been pushed back to February 5, 2021. On July 7, Carnival announced
several fleet changes
to make up for the absent vessels.
New York City
All cruises scheduled to depart from New York City in 2020 have been canceled.
Australia & New Zealand
On July 23, Carnival Cruise Line announced it will suspend all Australia & New Zealand cruises until October 29, 2020.

Celebrity Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Celebrity Cruises
is following all regulations set forth by CLIA. You can find specifics
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Celebrity Cruises has canceled most sailings through October 31, along with all voyages to Alaska, Canada & New England, and Hawaii, as a result of Transport Canada's ban on cruise ships over 100 people through October 31, 2020; and Bermuda, also through October 31.

Celestyal Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find specific information about
Celestyal Cruises
' travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All cruise operations are suspended until March 6, 2021.

Coral Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
You can find Coral Expeditions' most recent travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Coral Expeditions is planning on restarting cruising operations on August 31, 2020.

Costa Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Costa
is following all CLIA regulations. You can find specific travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Costa has cancelled all cruises through August 15, and all Northern Europe cruises for the remainder of the 2020 summer season.

CroisiEurope

Itinerary Changes
CroisiEurope resumed river cruise services on July 13, 2020 on the Rhone in France, and will resume on July 31 on the Danube. The line's ocean ship resumed service on July 29, 2020. Updated information is listed
here
.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cruise & Maritime Voyages was
placed into administration
on July 20, 2020. All future cruises are cancelled.

Crystal Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Crystal Cruises
is following all CLIA regulations for its ocean and yacht cruises, and is offering reduced deposits on all 2021, 2022 and 2023 voyages. You can find specific information
here
Itinerary changes
Crystal has canceled all ocean, river and yacht sailings
for the remainder of 2020
. Sailings are expected to resume with the Jan 3, 2021 sailing of Crystal Esprit. Crystal's first scheduled river cruise departure is the March 26, 2021 voyage aboard Crystal Bach.

Cunard Line

Travel Restrictions
Cunard Line
is following all CLIA regulations; you can find specific information
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Cunard has suspended operations through November 1 for QM2 and Queen Victoria and for Queen Elizabeth through November 23. Queen Mary 2 resumes operations on November 28 following her scheduled drydock.

Disney Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of travel restrictions and other coronavirus-related announcements from
Disney Cruise Line
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All Disney Cruise Line sailings are cancelled through October 31, 2020 in compliance with CLIA orders. Disney Dream voyages are cancelled through November 8. Disney Magic sailings are cancelled through November 7. Disney Wonder sailings are cancelled through November 6.

Dream Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of travel restrictions and other coronavirus-related announcements from
Dream Cruises
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Dream Cruises resumed sailing on Explorer Dream, in Taiwan, on July 26. There will be no Australia season between October 2020 and February 2021.

Emerald Waterways / Evergreen Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Emerald Waterways
/Evergreen is following all CLIA regulations. You can find a FAQ about coronavirus and Emerald's policies
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All Emerald Waterways/Evergreen itineraries are suspended until August 31 and all Oberammergau 2020 departures are cancelled.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Travel Restrictions
You can find a series of questions and answers about coronavirus and how
Fred. Olsen
is responding
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Fred. Olsen has suspended all ocean and river sailings until November 16. Additionally, segments of the 2021 Grand Voyage are cancelled up to March 11, 2021.

G Adventures

Travel Restrictions
You can find a series of questions and answers about coronavirus and how
G Adventures
is responding
here
.
Itinerary Changes
G Adventures has suspended all cruises through November 9, 2020.

Gate 1 Travel

Itinerary Changes
All departures through August 31 are canceled.

Grand Circle Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
You can find Grand Circle's most recent travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Grand Cirlce has cancelled all trips through August 31, 2020.
Asia
Grand Circle has canceled all departures, optional trip extensions and stopovers in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Mongolia in 2020 and 2021.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
has a full list of COVID-19 restrictions and information
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Hapag-Lloyd will resume some voyages aboard Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration beginning in late July sailing from Germany and targeting German, Austrian and Swiss passengers. All cruises scheduled to call on a U.S. port of call have been suspended through September.

Hebridean Island Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find Hebridean's most recent travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Hebridean has cancelled all trips through August 27, 2020.

Heritage Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
Boarding will be denied to all persons who have within 14 days before embarkation traveled from, visited or transited via airports in Iran, South Korea and China, including Hong Kong and Macau, and any municipality in Italy subject to lockdown (quarantine) measures by the Italian Government, as designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Preboarding screening will be conducted for all persons who have within 14 days before embarkation traveled from, visited or transited via airports in any destinations listed on the U.S. CDC "Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel" page. Illness screening includes symptom history checks for fever, cough and difficulty breathing in the 14 days before embarkation and taking of temperature.
Boarding will be denied to all persons who have within 14 days before embarkation had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19.
Preboarding screening will be conducted to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected COVID-19.
Itinerary Changes
Select Mekong River voyages will be altered due to the closures of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam.

Holland America Line

Travel Restrictions
Holland America Line
is following all CLIA regulations. You can find specifics
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Holland America is pausing the global operations of its fleet through Fall 2020. All cruises and cruisetours in Alaska have been canceled, and the McKinley Chalet Resort, McKinley Explorer rail cars and tour motorcoaches will not operate this year. In addition, Europe and New England/Canada cruises for 2020 have also been canceled, along with
two early 2021 voyages
to Hawaii and all 2020 Vancouver departures.
The 79-night Grand Africa voyage on Amsterdam, which was due to leave Boston on Oct. 3, 2020, has also been canceled.
On July 15, Holland America
announced that Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam
would leave the fleet this year. Most cruises aboard these ships have been cancelled. The 2021 Grand Voyage has been cancelled and moved to 2022, where it will operate aboard Zaandam. Rotterdam's Grand Africa Voyage in October 2021 will now take place aboard Zaandam on the same dates.
The
Holland America Line website
has the latest information.

Hurtigruten

Travel Restrictions
Hurtigruten
is following guidelines and recommendations from the World Health Association, the CDC; Norway’s Institute of Public Health (FHI), the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and CLIA. You can find specific travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Hurtigruten restarted a limited Norwegian coastal voyage service on June 16 with four ships and had restarted Arctic cruises from June 26.
On August 3, the line cancelled future expedition voyages following a
COVID-19 outbreak
aboard Roald Amundsen.

Lindblad

Travel Restrictions
Lindblad
has implemented the following protocols for protecting against coronavirus:
Passengers who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation will not be able to travel on their scheduled voyages.
The line is asking passengers health questions related to the diagnosis of or potential exposure to coronavirus, and additional screening is taking place at the time of embarkation, with a representative of the cruise line's medical staff overseeing the process.
Itinerary Changes
Lindblad sailings are currently suspended until further notice.

The Majestic Line

Travel Restrictions
The Majestic Line
has suspened all sailings until the end of July, pending Scottish government guidance on travel.
Itinerary Changes
There are no itinerary changes to report at this time.

Marella Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find specific information about
Marella Cruises
' coronavirus-related travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Marella Cruises canceled all sailings until September 30, 2020, and has confirmed that just one ship will sail this year -- Marella Explorer from its homeport of Corfu from Oct 2.

Metropolitan Touring

Travel Restrictions
You can find specific information about
Metropolitan Touring
's coronavirus-related travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Metropolitan Touring has canceled all sailings through July 31, 2020.

MSC Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find
MSC
's travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
You can find a full list of canceled or modified itineraries
here
.
MSC has suspended cruise operations through September 15 for its Caribbean voyages from North America, cruises from New York through October 22, and all other sailings through August 15, 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
A list of
Norwegian
's travel restrictions can be found
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Norwegian Cruise Line has suspended operations through October 31.

Oceania Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find a full list of
Oceania
's travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Oceania has canceled all cruises through October 31, 2020.

Pandaw Cruises

Itinerary Changes
Pandaw has canceled all cruises until July 2020.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find specific information about travel restrictions for Paul Gauguin cruises
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Paul Gauguin Cruises restarted sailings on July 11 for residents of French Polynesia, and July 29 for international travelers. The ship's regular cruising schedule will resume in August.

P&O Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find a full list of
P&O Cruises
' coronavirus-related travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
P&O Cruises has temporarily suspended operations until October 15.

P&O Cruises Australia

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from
P&O Cruises
here
.
Itinerary Changes
P&O Cruises Australia is extending its suspension of operations in Australia and New Zealand until October 29, 2020.

Pearl Seas Cruises

Itinerary Changes
Pearl Seas has canceled all cruises through August 31, 2020.

Ponant

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from Ponant
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Ponant restarted operations with cruises in France in July. The full list of currently
canceled cruises
can be viewed on the line's website.

Poseidon Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from Poseidon Expeditions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All 2020 Arctic sailings have been postponed until 2021. The 2020 Antarctic season is currently scheduled to depart as planned.

Princess Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find all of
Princess Cruises
' coronavirus-related notices and advisories
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Princess Cruises has canceled sailings on most of its fleet through December 15, 2020, including voyages in Asia, the Caribbean, the California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal, South America, Antarctica, Japan, Tahiti and the South Pacific. The Alaska season has also been canceled, and the five wilderness lodges, trains and buses operated by Princess in Alaska will not open this summer.
Cruises in and out of Australia on Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess are canceled through October 31, 2020.
The
Princess website
has the latest information.

Pullmantur Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of
Pullmantur Cruises
' travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Pullmantur has suspended all cruise operations up to November 15, 2020. On June 22, the line filed for creditor protection (reorganization) in Spain. All future voyages are cancelled.

Quark Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
You can find a list of
Quark Expeditions
' travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Quark has canceled its 2020 Arctic season that was originally set to begin on May 1. All Arctic and North Pole departures from May 1 through September 19 are suspended or rescheduled. Voyages departing after September 19, and Quark's winter program in the Antarctic, remain on-track.

Regent Seven Seas

Travel Restrictions
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
is following all of the CLIA regulations; you can find more specific information
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Regent has suspended its global cruise operations through October 31.

Riviera Travel

Travel Restrictions
Find out the latest on Riviera Travel by visiting
its website
.
Itinerary Changes
Riviera Travel has canceled all cruises through August 15. Sailings are expected to resume August 16.

Royal Caribbean

Travel Restrictions
You can find a full list of
Royal Caribbean
's health protocols
here
. The line is following all CLIA regulations.
Itinerary Changes
Royal Caribbean has canceled any sailings through October 31, along with all voyages to Alaska, Canada & New England, and Hawaii, as a result of Transport Canada's ban on cruise ships over 100 people through October 31, 2020; and Bermuda, until Oct 31, 2020. The one exception is China, which the line hopes to restart in August.

Saga Cruises

Itinerary Changes
Saga Cruises has cancelled all cruises until September 1 aboard Spirit of Discovery. The line's new build, Spirit of Adventure, delayed due to delays at the shipyard, will set sail on its maiden voyage in early November.

Scenic

Travel Restrictions
Scenic has now introduced a new Deposit Protection Plan, which allows passengers to change their travel dates or itinerary up to 90 days before departure. You can find specific information about
Scenic
's policies
here
.
Itinerary Changes
The Scenic Group has suspended all river and ocean cruise operations until Aug. 31, 2020 and all Oberammergau 2020 departures are cancelled.

Sea Cloud Cruises

Itinerary Changes
Sea Cloud Cruises has suspended all sailings through the end of September. The company hopes to resume operations in time for the winter 2020/2021 Caribbean season.

Seabourn

Travel Restrictions
You can find specific information about
Seabourn
's travel restrictions
here
. (Scroll down to the Health Travel Advisory.)
Itinerary Changes
Seabourn suspended global operations through the fall. Seabourn Odyssey will pause all operations through November 20; Seabourn Sojourn through October 13; Seabourn Quest through November 6; Seabourn Encore through October 19; and Seabourn Ovation through November 6. The cancelations affect voyages in Alaska, British Columbia, Canada & New England, and Europe. You can also find a full list of canceled or modified itineraries
here
.

SeaDream Yacht Club

Travel Restrictions
You can find a full list of SeaDream's travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
SeaDream has resumed operations in Norway for Norwegian and Scandinavian residents only at this time. The first sailing set out on June 20, 2020.

Silversea

Travel Restrictions
Silversea
is following all CLIA regulations. You can find a list of specific travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Silversea has suspended sailings of its fleet until the following dates: Silver Cloud: October 28. Silver Wind: June 14, 2021. Silver Shadow: November 10. Silver Spirit: November 5. Silver Muse: October 10. Silver Whisper: November 10. Silver Explorer: October 20. Silver Moon: October 2. Silver Origin: September 5.

Star Clippers

Itinerary Changes
Star Clippers
is suspending all cruise operations through September 5 (Royal Clipper); September 9 (Star Flyer), and September 12 (Star Clipper).

Star Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Star Cruises has suspended the boarding of passengers living in Wuhan and Hubei Province as well as their close contacts. Passengers who do not wish to travel due to the coronavirus outbreak are offered an unconditional refund.
Itinerary Changes
Asia-based
Star Cruises
has suspended the operation of SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius. All cruises have been canceled until further notice. Booked passengers have the option to change their cruise date or cancel with a full refund.

Tauck

Itinerary Changes
Tauck
is suspending all cruise and tour operations through September 30, 2020.

Teeming River Cruises

Itinerary Changes
You can find a complete list of
Teeming
's travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Teeming has suspended its river cruise operations, with most departures now moving to dates in 2021.

Travelmarvel

Itinerary Changes
You can find a complete list of
Travelmarvel
's travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
All cruises and tours are suspended until June 30.

Tui River Cruises

Tui River Cruises is a new river line by Tui that was originally due to debut in March 2020 in Amsterdam.
Itinerary Changes
In April 2020, the line announced sailings will commence on November 26, 2020.

UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise restarted sailings in Alaska on August 1, but a COVID-19 positive test on the first sailing led the line to cancel its 2020 Alaska season.

Uniworld

Itinerary Changes
You can find a complete list of
Uniworld
's travel restrictions
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Uniworld has
suspended all river cruises
through Aug 15, 2020.

Vantage Deluxe World Travel

Itinerary Changes
Vantage
has extended its operational pause on all sailings until September 8.

Variety Cruises

Itinerary Changes
Variety
resumed operations in Greece as of July 24, 2020. Voyages to the Seychelles will begin on September 12, 2020, with the rest of the fleet resuming service later in 2020 and into 2021.

Victoria Cruise Lines

Itinerary Changes
Victoria Cruises
, which operates three-, four- and seven-night itineraries on the Yangtze River, canceled six sailings through February 16. (The Yangtze season is typically late March to October. These were off-season winter sailings.)

Victory Cruise Lines

Itinerary Changes
Victory Cruise Lines
has cancelled all sailings for the remainder of 2020 and will resume in 2021.

Viking Cruises

Travel Restrictions
You can find specific information regarding travel restrictions for both
Viking River
and
Viking Ocean
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Viking has canceled all river and ocean cruises through September 30, 2020. For passengers booked on one of the canceled sailings, Viking is offering Future Cruise Credit of 125 percent of the fare paid or a refund equal to the amount paid. Passengers have 24 months to use their FCC. If passengers opting for FCC are then unable to use their voucher, Viking will automatically send a refund equal to the original amount paid.

Virgin Voyages

Travel Restrictions
Virgin Voyages is following all CLIA regulations. You can find more specific information
here
.
Itinerary Changes
Virgin Voyages has postponed the inaugural season of the line's debut ship, Scarlet Lady, until November 1, 2020.
Those booked on a cruise that has been canceled cann opt for the following:
  • 200 percent in Future Voyage Credit which can be applied to another sailing, rather than a refund. This is double the value of a Sailor’s existing booking.
  • Sailors can also receive up to $500 in onboard credit, if you rebook before June 30, 2020.
  • 100 percent refund, plus 25 percent Future Voyage Credit on the value paid to use for a future booking.

Windstar

Travel Restrictions
Windstar
has suspended all cruise operations until October 15, 2020 and will return to service on a staggered basis, starting with Wind Spirit in Tahiti on that day. Star Breeze resumes service on October 27, 2020; Wind Surf on November 29, 2020; Wind Star on January 16, 2021; Star Legend on March 1, 2021; and Star Pride on July 5, 2021.
Itinerary Changes
Windstar has canceled all of its 2020 Asia voyages on Star Breeze, the only one of the line's ship scheduled to sail the region this year. The line has also canceled its 2020 Alaska program due to an anticipated delay on the ship's refurbishment at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. "We anticipate the Star Breeze will leave the Fincantieri shipyard in late July. The ship will spend its summer sailing in the Mediterranean before heading to Australia in the fall," Windstar CEO Andrew Todd said.
Those booked on a canceled cruise will receive the following:
  • For those guests with canceled cruises due to this extension, Windstar is offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 125 percent of all monies paid to Windstar Cruises on the booking. Guests will have 24 months to book and sail with their FCC. Guests may also request to exchange the FCC for a refund of 100% of monies paid to Windstar Cruises on the canceled booking.

Zegrahm Expeditions

Itinerary Changes
Zegrahm Expeditions
has suspended its sailings until further notice.
Cruise Critic will update this story with developments as they are announced.
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Return of MSC Cruises: A Q and A with MSC's CEO

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Cruise Critic conducted a question-and-answer session with Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. Here's what he had to say:

Cruise Critic: Where will you restart your operations?

Gianni Onorato: We are ready with a passion to get back to the sea, and we've put together a really strong new health and safety protocol for our guests and our crew. We have had great feedback from the relevant authorities on where we propose to sail, and we're waiting in eager anticipati

Contact Tracing, Masks, Swab Tests in Terminal Part of MSC's Return to Cruise Plan

(2:15 p.m. EDT) -- In anticipation of a limited restart of cruising later this month in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises gave more details of their health and safety protocols Tuesday, which are shaping up to be among the most sweeping and innovative that the cruise industry has seen so far. 

Speaking on a conference call with media, MSC CEO Gianni Onorato detailed the new health and safety initiatives that are expected to roll out later this month aboard MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica.

Sailings aboard the two vessels, which would initially be limited to residents of Schengen (European Union) countries, could start as early as August 15, pending the approval of the Italian government. I

P&O Cruises To Take Delivery Of Iona Before Autumn; Second Ship Coming in late 2022

(3:45 p.m. BST) -- P&O Cruises has updated two major dates for its fleet, announcing that Iona will be arriving before autumn and its sister ship will be delivered in December 2022.

The 5,200-passener Iona, which will be the largest ship custom-built for the U.K. cruise market, was originally set to debut in May 2020. It is also the first British ship to be powered by liquified natural gas. Delivery from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has been delayed because of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The sister ship is yet unnamed and will also be built at Meyer Werft. Itineraries will go on sale in spring 2021.

P&O Cruises has voluntarily suspended operations t

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