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Royal Caribbean extends its cruise cancellations through September 15

Royal Caribbean extends its cruise cancellations through September 15

Royal Caribbean announced it would cancel most of its cruises through September 15, following other cruise lines announcements this week.

The Royal Caribbean Group announced most sailings are cancelled through September 15, with the exception of some ships in China and Bermuda.

Bermuda sailings will be suspended through October 31st, 2020, while Voyager of the Seas sailings are cancelled through September 30th, 2020, and Spectrum of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas sailings through July 2020.

A statement on Royal Caribbean's website indicates the cruise line's decision follows CLIA's announcement last week.

At Royal Caribbean International, our guests and crew's safety and well-being are always our top priorities. After further consulting with our partners at Cruise Lines International Association and in conjunction with the CDC, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings for our global fleet for all sailings through September 15th, 2020. Our goal is to resume operations on September 16th, 2020. 

Guests who were booked on any of the cancelled sailings have the choice of moving their reservation to a cruise next year via the Lift & Shift program, taking a 125% future cruise credit, or opting for a 100% refund.

The Future Cruise Credits are automatically issued, so the only action required is if a guest prefers to Lift & Shift or take a refund.

Both Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines announced similar cancellations, although they cancelled through the end of September. MSC Cruises also cancelled cruises yesterday.