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Norwegian cancels all May 2021 sailings

NCL ship at sea

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has cancelled all of its May 2021 cruises.

The cruise line announced it needs more time and will extend the global suspension of sailings through May 31, 2021 for the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.

NCLH is the first cruise line between Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line to cancel May cruises so far.

NCL Encore front

NCLH said it continues to work through its return to service plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We are committed to taking all appropriate steps and actions to combat the spread of COVID-19 and are working closely and in partnership with local, state, federal and global agencies. While this may result in additional future changes, please know our teams are working around the clock to do what is right by our guests and travel partners. We continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide additional updates as they are available.

Guests who had an active reservation on a suspended cruise in April 2021 will automatically receive a refund of their cruise fare in the original form of payment for the amount paid by February 22, 2021. Additionally, a 10% off coupon will be automatically added to the guest's account by January 20 which is valid for one year from date of issue, and can be used for any Norwegian Cruise Line voyage embarking through 2022 and is combinable with any Future Cruise Credits and all future promotions at time of booking.

Alaska 2021 cruises update

Icy straight point

Due to Canada's year-long ban on cruise ships, NCL is halting new bookings of sailings to Alaska in 2021 while it explores several initiatives that may allow such cruises to continue.

Thus far, NCL has not cancelled any of its 2021 Alaska cruises.

NCL said in a statement on its website, "We are working through all available options as quickly as possible, and given the fluidity of the current environment, we will also continue to work with the Canadian government to amend the current suspension. We will continue to keep all travel partners and guests updated as the situation progresses, and we thank them for their patience."