Royal Caribbean extends cruise suspension

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited has said it will extend the suspension of most of its sailings until July 31, with an exception for China which it said will go to the end of June.

The cruise company yesterday said it is working with guests and partners to address the disruption to their travel plans, adding that it is “genuinely sorry for their inconvenience.”

Royal Caribbean said full regular service will resume on August 1.

“At Royal Caribbean International, the safety and well-being of our guests and crew are always our top priorities,” said a statement from the company.

The company has now pushed back its resumption date three times.

First, on March 13th, Royal Caribbean made the decision to voluntarily suspend sailings departing from US ports, and later on March 14 it also suspended operations for the remainder of its sailings worldwide.

As the pandemic spread, the company on March 24 said it would extend the voluntary suspension until May 11, 2020, and then extended it to sailings departing on or before June 11.

In its most recent update, it said that after consultations with its partners at Cruise Lines International Association, and in conjunction with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its global suspension would be extended until August 1. This means that all sailings departing on and before July 31, 2020 will be cancelled. 

“While we all wish we were cruising, health and safety are our top priorities as we focus on our comeback,” the company said.