Crystal Postpones Endeavor, Carnival Limits Onboard Capacity, Lines Extend Suspensions

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The launch of Crystal's new ship, Endeavor, has been postponed, with maiden sailings taking place in NOV 2020.

Several cruise lines have announced further changes in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Crystal Expedition Cruises has postponed the AUG launch of its new luxury expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor. The ship’s maiden voyage will now be the Tasmania & Fjords of New Zealand 14-night cruise embarking on 14NOV, 2020.

The news comes following the temporary closure of the MV Werften shipyards, which halted operations in ship production to protect its employees during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Due to uncertainty regarding when production will resume, Crystal is delaying Endeavor's introduction and cancelling all scheduled itineraries through 31OCT, 2020. 

“We know that, like us, our guests have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to explore anew with Crystal aboard this ground-breaking ship, and we deeply regret that this change has become necessary and has disrupted our guests’ travel plans,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. 

The company is reaching out to guests and their travel advisors directly with rebooking options.

Carnival Cruise Line is limiting capacity on select voyages in MAY and JUN. 

Carnival had already temporarily suspended all sailings until 11MAY, but the line has now also closed inventory on select sailing dates across its fleet in order to provide better crew-to-passenger ratios as the line tries to get its staff and ships into a position to resume service.

"As we look to our return to service in May and June, we are carefully managing inventory," a Carnival spokesperson told CruiseCritic. 

"We anticipate that certain international travel restrictions will remain. We are taking a conservative approach with regard to getting our crews back to the ships, so we have closed inventory on certain sailings so that we don't overextend our ability to provide service on board."

The capacity-controlled sailings will not appear on Carnival's online booking engine and new bookings are closed to these voyages. However, they will remain visible in Carnival's online cruise personalizer for passengers who are already booked onboard.

AmaWaterways has extended its fleet suspension through 30JUN, 2020, cancelling all Europe, Asia and Africa river cruises.

The line's most recent suspension announcement went through 31MAY. 

"The health and safety of our guests, and the wellbeing of our staff and crew, are of the utmost importance and we must be vigilant and responsible in ensuring your safety during these uncertain times," the line said in a statement.

Affected guests can receive a future cruise credit (FCC) equal to 115%, redeemable on any AmaWaterways river cruise sailing through 31DEC, 2022. 

Scenic has also extended cruise cancellations until 30JUN.

The cancellation applies to both Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises.

Scenic is encouraging customers to rebook by offering 110% FCC for its cruises and 100% Future Travel Credit for land tours, both valid up to 31DEC, 2022.

Costa Cruises has announced it is extending its fleet suspension through 30MAY, 2020.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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