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Alaska Cruise Season Changes For Summer 2020.
With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak affecting countries around the globe, the 2020 Alaska cruise season -- typically April through September -- is facing serious setbacks as Alaska, British Columbia and Washington State grapple with the growing pandemic.
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises have both announced that they will delay the start of their 2020 Alaska cruise season until July 1, 2020. This follows guidelines issued by Transport Canada barring all cruise ships over 500 people (passengers and crew included) from docking at Canadian ports of call until July 1.
Glacier Bay Closed until July 1
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve -- a staple scenic sailing inclusion on many itineraries -- has also announced it will close to visitors until July 1.
A statement issued by the National Park Service indicates that Canada's ban on cruise ship traffic and the closure of the United States-Canada border to nonessential travel were both factors in the decision.
Port of Seattle Closed Until Further Notice. The Port of Seattle has postponed cruises leaving from Smith Cove and Bell Street cruise terminals until the coronavirus public health emergency is over.
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Port of Vancouver Closed Through June 30.
The Port of Vancouver, which typically sees an abundance of roundtrip and one-way cruise traffic to and from Alaska from its iconic Canada Place cruise terminal (between April and October), stated that it would continue to monitor the situation. Transport Canada is set to re-evaluate its decision on the cruise ship ban on June 30.
As of this writing, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises -- the two cruise lines with the most ships scheduled to sail to Alaska this season -- have not yet altered their Alaska cruise schedules.
Here Is A List Of The Major Cruise Lines Policies During Covid 19.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE.
Carnival has cancelled all sailings for all ships March 13 – April 9, plus the April 10 and April 20 sailing of Carnival Spirit, and the April 29, May 9, May 21, May 30 and June 11 sailings for Carnival Radiance. Carnival is offering two options: 100% future cruise credits plus onboard credit, or 100% refunds.
More information is at https://www.carnival.com/health-and-sailing-updates.
Celebrity has suspended all global sailings through May 11. A list of cancelled sailings and cancellation FAQs is at https://www.celebritycruises.com/travel-alert/voluntary-suspension-of-cruising.
Costa is suspending the activity of its ships until April 30. More information is at https://www.costacruises.com/cruising-soon.html.
Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Cruises has a list of cancelled sailings through mid-May available at https://www.crystalcruises.com/corona-virus-health-advisory/breaking-news.
Guests on these cancelled sailings can opt for a 100% refund of cruise fare, port charges, taxes, and fees paid, and any air and hotel packages booked through Crystal, or a future cruise credit equal to 125% of the cruise fare paid – valid on any Crystal sailing (Ocean, River, Yacht or Expedition) embarking through December 31, 2022 – along with a refund of port charges, taxes, and fees, and air and hotel packages booked through Crystal.
Cunard is suspending all sailings until April 11. The cruise line offering a 125% future cruise credit to be used for a new future cruise sailing any time before the end of March 2022, provided bookings are made by December 31, 2021. More details are here: https://www.cunard.com/en-us/contact-us/travel-health-advisories.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE.
Disney Cruise Line aims to re-start sailings on April 12. Disney Cruise Line is offering impacted passengers a Future Cruise Credit or a full refund. Disney has not currently made any changes to its European itineraries, which are not scheduled to begin until mid-May. More details are at https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE.
Holland America Line has suspended global cruise operations of its 14 ships through April 14. Holland America Line has temporarily changed its cancellation policy for cruises or Alaska Land + Sea Journeys departing through October 15. More details are at https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/news/coronavirus-travel-advisory/BookWithConfidence.html.
NCL passengers who were booked on suspended cruises with embarkation dates March 13 – April 11, 2020 will automatically receive a 125% or 150% refund (depending on the original cruise date) of their cruise fare in the form of a future cruise credit which can be applied towards any NCL voyage through December 31, 2022. Future cruise credits will be applied to the passenger’s account by April 1, 2020.
Cruises with embarkation dates from March 13 to March 17, 2020 will receive 150%. Cruises with embarkation dates from March 18 to April 11, 2020 will receive 125%. NCL is also giving an additional 20% discount when clients use their Future Cruise Credit on any cruise embarking through December 31, 2022 when they book by April 10, 2020, as a limited time offer.
Passengers also opt for a refund to be payable within 90 days of request. Refund requests must be submitted by no later than 45 days after the voyage cancellation notification (i.e. refund requests must be submitted by April 27, 2020 for suspended sailings between March 13 – April 11, 2020). More details are at https://www.ncl.com/ca/en/why-cruise-norwegian/book-with-confidence.
Princess says it is hoping to resume cruise operations on May 11.
For cruises sailing May 11 through July 31:
Cruise with Confidence is extended to cruises sailing through July 31, 2020 (previously May 31, 2020)
Passengers can now cancel their vacation up to 48 hours before sailing (previously 72 hours)
Passengers will continue to receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for the amount of their cancellation fee
As of March 13, Princess Cruises expired the previously published policy which gave an onboard credit (OBC) for all bookings that sailed on cruises or cruisetours departing between May 11 and May 31. Bookings on those sailings that were made prior to March 13 will have their OBC honoured.
The previously published March 31 cancellation deadline for April and May sailings is eliminated.
The previously published 60-day final payment date for June sailings remains in place.
For cruises sailing August 1 through October 15:
Clients who booked by April 30 on these cruises can cancel their vacation up to 30 days before sailing.
Passengers will continue to receive a Future Cruise Credit for the amount of their cancellation fee.
Future Cruise Credits (FCCs) are non-refundable. To be eligible for these revised cancellation terms, bookings must be made on any cruise departing by December 31, 2021. More details are at
UPDATED MARCH 25: Royal Caribbean has extended its voluntary suspension of operations until May 11, with an eye to resuming sailings on most of its ships as of May 12. The cruise line is offering passengers impacted by cancelled sailings a 125% future cruise credit for sailings by December 31, 2021. More information is at https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates.
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