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RCCL cancels sailings through end of July, eyes Aug. 1 restart

RCCL cancels sailings through end of July, eyes Aug. 1 restart

Thursday, May 21, 2020

MIAMI — Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has extended its suspension of most of its sailings through July 31, 2020, with the exception of sailings from China, which will be suspended through the end of June.

“After further consulting with our partners at CLIA and in conjunction with the CDC, our global suspension has been extended – all sailings departing on and before July 31st, 2020 will be cancelled. Our goal is to resume operations on August 1st, 2020,” says a statement from RCCL.

Royal Caribbean passengers can opt for a 125% Future Cruise Credit for travel up until April 30th, 2022, for bookings made by Dec. 31, 2021. Refunds are also available. Full terms and conditions for RCI can be found here.

Celebrity Cruises passengers can also choose between a 125% Future Cruise Credit or a refund. Full details for Celebrity Cruises can be found here.

Similarly, passengers impacted by cancellations onboard Azamara ships qualify for a 125% FCC or refund. Terms and conditions for Azamara are here.

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RCCL has posted a loss of US$1.4 billion for Q1, as cruise lines wait out the CDC’s No Sail Order amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand that when our ships return to service, they will be sailing in a changed world,” said CEO Richard Fain. “How well we anticipate and solve for this new environment will play a critical role in keeping our guests and crew safe and healthy.”

With file from The Associated Press

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