Cunard cancels Alaska season on Queen Elizabeth, extends suspension for two other ships

Cunard cancels Alaska season on Queen Elizabeth, extends suspension for two other ships

VALENCIA, CA — Cunard is the latest cruise line to announce that it is extending the suspension of voyages due to the continued impact of COVID-19.

All sailings onboard the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria that were due to depart up to and including July 31, 2020 have been cancelled. For Queen Elizabeth, Cunard has taken the practical decision to cancel the entire Alaska season and all departures up to and including Sept. 8, 2020.

The cruise line had previously announced the suspension of all sailings until May 15.

“These are extraordinary times and this global outbreak continues to challenge Cunard and the travel industry as a whole,” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard. “We would love nothing more than to bring our fleet back in to service and give our guests the holidays they deserve and long for, but with the lockdowns and travel restrictions in place around the world, this is simply not possible at this time.”

Cunard is communicating with all guests and their travel advisors who are booked on affected voyages.

As previously announced, Cunard is offering impacted guests a 125% future cruise credit or a full refund. This credit may be used on any sailing before the end of March 2022, and the booking must be made by Dec. 31, 2021. Guests may now also use their FCC for a second cabin to bring friends or family or to upgrade an existing booking.

Travel agent commissions on all bookings fully paid by April 22, 2020 will be protected.

“We have been sailing for 180 years and we look forward to many more,” added Palethorpe. “We will get through these tough times together and look forward to welcoming our guests back on board again when the time is right.”

For more updates from other cruise lines go to https://www.travelweek.ca/news/supplier-covid-19-updates-the-latest-news-from-airlines-cruise-lines-hotels-and-tour-ops/.