In a note to travel partners sent yesterday afternoon, Royal Caribbean announced an extended delay in return to general service from 10APR to 12MAY.
"This is an unprecedented time, and we know you and your clients are experiencing ripple effects across all facets of life,” the statement read.
“We're confident that all will be well in due time, but until then Royal Caribbean continues to evaluate the current environment, as well as determine our best path forward.
"When considering global travel restrictions, port closures, and more significantly, the importance of practicing "social distancing," we have made the decision to extend our global suspension, with hopes of now returning to general service as of 12MAY.
"The only known exceptions to this are the return date of 2JUL, 2020 for the kick-off of the Alaska season, as well as all sailings originating or ending in Canada.
Likewise, Singapore departures resume operation beginning 1JUN. Our intent was never to disappoint your clients, nor to disrupt their vacation plans, but the health, safety, and security of our guests and crew remain our utmost priority.
"As a result of this change, we've prepared some options for your clients. These options are aligned with the compensation offered to support the original global suspension on sailings through 10APR, 2020."
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.