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Cruise: Latest restart plans from P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean & more – March update

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Cruise: Latest restart plans from P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean & more - March update


Marella Cruises, owned by TUI, has announced sailings due to depart on or before May 16, 2021, have been cancelled.

“If your booking can’t take place due to COVID-19, we’ll be in touch as far in advance as possible to discuss your options with you,” said TUI.

“This will be done in departure date order.”

MSC Cruises

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MSC has resumed some operations out of Italy as of January 24, however, are only accepting guests who are residents in Schengen countries.

In an updated statement the cruise line said: “Following the UK government’s briefing on the nations’ roadmap to recovery in which they outlined international travel restrictions will not ease before May 17th, MSC Cruises UK & Ireland has taken the decision to cancel the majority of our sailings until 31st May 2021, for our UK and Irish guests only.

“A report is expected from the Global Travel Taskforce on 12th April and we hope that this report will further support our optimistic outlook for Summer 2021 but in the meantime, we must ensure we study the new framework and to ensure our guests can have a seamless return to holidaying with MSC Cruises.”

Antonio Paradiso, MSC Cruises UK managing director, previously said: “MSC Cruises is ready to welcome British and Irish residents when the guidance changes. We are working closely with CLIA and the relevant authorities to enable British and Irish guests to be welcome back on board our ships when the time is right.”

Norwegian Cruise Line

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All Norwegian Cruise Line cruises up to and including May 31, 2021, are cancelled

Customers who have had their holidays cancelled will receive a future cruise credit worth 125 percent of the cost paid. This is valid until December 31, 2022.

Customers who no longer wish to sail will be able to request a refund of the fare paid.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has updated its restart date to June following the Prime Minister’s “roadmap” out of lockdown.

In a statement, the cruise line explained: “Following the UK Government briefing on Monday showing the roadmap back for hospitality and travel, we await more clarity on likely dates for domestic and international cruising.

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“While we seek additional clarification to fully understand the requirements and impact of the briefing, and to minimise any potential further disappointment, we have temporarily stopped selling all cruises that are due to depart before 21 June 2021.”

Guest impacted by the latest changes will be offered a voucher worth 125 percent of their original booking which can be used for any sailing up to the end of March 2022.

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Cruise: Latest restart plans from P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean & more - March update
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