MIAMI — Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, each subsidiaries of Royal Caribbean Group, have canceled cruises as COVID continues to spread.
Celebrity has postponed the restart on its Celebrity Eclipse, canceling multiple sailings in the process, Susan Lomax, spokesperson for Celebrity, told USA TODAY late Sunday. Celebrity pushed the ship’s resumption of sailing from the end of March to the end of April, before the ship begins its Alaska sailing season.
Four “Pacific Coast” sailings were nixed as a result:
- March 26
- April 2
- April 9
- April 16
The cruise line made the decision as “part of our continuous review of our operating plans as we return to service,” Lomax said.
Passengers who had been booked on the canceled sailings have been offered a 100 percent refund or a “lift and shift” to a “coastal” sailing on the line’s Celebrity Millennium.
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Royal Caribbean International canceled another sailing after canceling sailings on multiple ships earlier this month.
The line’s two-night sailing on Independence of the Seas originally set to depart on January 22 has been scrapped “as a result of the ongoing COVID-related circumstances,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement shared by spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro Monday.
Passengers who were booked on Independence of the Seas’ Jan. 22 sailing are receiving “compensation options” including a full refund, according to the statement.
Norwegian Cruise Line has also canceled sailings on the majority of its ships.
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