Princess & HAL Cancel Sailings Until MAY, MSC Cancels Through 24JAN
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Eurodam sailings are among HAL’s cancelled cruises, as the cruise line continues to adapt operations to meet the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing.
Carnival Corp.'s three largest U.S.-based brands have cancelled sailings until at least MAY, citing their preparations to meet the conditions of the CDC's Framework for Conditional Sailing.
Holland America Line extended its pause of cruise operations for all departures through at least 30APR. This includes Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Canada/New England departures.
Cruises impacted are:
- All cruise departures through 30APR.
Eurodam and Oosterdam through the first week of JUN (roundtrip from Seattle)
Koningsdam through mid-MAY (roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam through mid-MAY (roundtrip Vancouver and between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska);
Zuiderdam though early JUN (roundtrip from Vancouver).
Volendam cruises through early JUN (between Venice and Civitavecchia [Rome], Italy)
Westerdam though early JUN (roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and Piraeus [Athens], Greece).
- Canada/New England: All Zaandam cruises through AUG (between Boston, Massachusetts, and Montreal).
HAL says travel agents are being notified of the cancellations and options for Future Cruise Credits (FCC) and rebooking.
Princess extended its pause of operations through at least 14MAY, 2021. This includes sailings in the Caribbean, the California Coast, along with early season Alaska and Europe cruises.
"We appreciate the patience from our loyal guests and travel advisors as we work to meet the health and safety requirements for our return to service," said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. "We continue to prepare our ships for our return to service and we are eager to see our guests back on board to create summertime memories."
Guests currently booked on the cancelled voyages will have the option to receive an FCC equivalent to 125 per cent of the cruise fare paid or a full refund.
As Open Jaw reported, Carnival Cruise Lineextended its pause for all U.S. operations through 31MAR, 2021, as well as select ships and homeport operations related to itineraries and dry dock work.
As a result of the extension of the restrictive measures related to movement within Italy, MSC Cruises cancelled MSC Grandiosa’s 10JAN and 17JAN departures from Genoa, Italy.
The cruise line will resume weekly sailings in the Western Mediterannean starting 24JAN.
On 14FEB, MSC Magnifica will return at sea to perform her scheduled itineraries of 11-nights in Italy, Greece and Malta.
MSC Cruises says it is in the process of contacting all travel agents and guests affected by the two cancelled cruises of MSC Grandiosa.
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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.