The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recently given cruises the green light to go ahead and resume services. However, many major cruise lines have decided against this decision and will not resume sails anytime soon.
Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, and Royal Caribbean cancelled all or most of their sailings till the end of November
The first cruise line to this however was the Norwegian Cruise Line that extended its cancellations till the end of next month. This in turn affected the itineraries of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises.
This follows other brands like the Carnival Cruise Line and the Princess Cruises. These cruises too have cancelled most of their sailings in November and even some in December.
According to reports, cruise operators like MSC cruises have started limited sailings in Europe. This means that presently there isn’t a single major cruise line in North America that hasn’t cancelled all or most of their services in the month of November.
Reports further state that these cancellations came sometime after the positive reopening announcement from the top executive of Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This announcement hinted at Deceember being the new date for resuming sailings.
Royal Caribbean also cancelled all November sailings except the one that departs out of Hong Kong. A third brand owned by Royal Caribbean Group, Azamara, also announced that it will resume services from March 20, 2021.
The last brand to join the list of cancellations was Seabourn. The cruise line has cancelled all departures for this year, as well as a few voyages in the first half of 2021.