Unfortunately, there are still cruises being cancelled in 2022 due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it.
The pandemic has not ended, and some sailings have been cancelled due to too many Covid-19 cases onboard. The good news is that there are not the mass cancellations we saw in 2020.
The Omicron and BA 2 variant has added a new level of complexity, as the more easily transmittable mutation has caused there to be higher case counts among passengers and crew members.
Cruise lines are still proceeding with scheduled sailings, but several cruise lines have cancelled sailings when necessary.
Here is a list of which ships and sailings have been cancelled in 2022 due to Covid-19.
UPDATED May 24, 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line
Because of uncertainty in the region, Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled its 2022-2023 Asia program on Norwegian Sun between Oct, 2022 - Apr, 2023 sailings.
The NCL Sun will be redeployed to Europe to sail Canary Islands.
Princess Cruises has cancelled 11 sailings on the Sapphire Princess. It's not clear why these cruises were cancelled.
Sapphire Princess was scheduled to sail from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera and California coast beginning June 25, 2022.
Sapphire Princess is now expected to return to service Sept. 24.
Spectrum of the Seas sailings from Hong Kong were cancelled for the remainder of its Hong Kong cruise season through mid March.
Spectrum of the Seas sailings were cancelled include: February 18, 21, 24, 26, 28 and March 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 2022.
Two Quantum of the Seas sailings were cancelled due to Covid-19 cases onboard.
The January 31, 2022 and February 3, 2022 sailings were cancelled so the ship could under go a deep cleaning and disinfection.
On January 27, 2022, Royal Caribbean announced more Spectrum of the Seas sailings from Hong Kong are cancelled due to Hong Kong's Covid-19 prevention policy.
The following Spectrum of the Seas cruises from Hong Kong are cancelled:
- February 4, 2022
- February 7, 2022
- February 10, 2022
- February 12, 2022
- February 14, 2022
On January 18, Royal Caribbean cancelled Spectrum of the Seas from Hong Kong:
- January 21, 2022
- January 23, 2022
- January 26, 2022
- January 28, 2022
- January 31, 2022
On January 14, Royal Caribbean cancelled Independence of the Seas sailing on January 22, 2022.
On January 7, Royal Caribbean cancelled sailings on 4 ships, "as a result of the ongoing COVID-related circumstances around the world."
It is not clear the exact reason for cancelling the cruises, although many believe too many crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
Vision of the Seas’ return to cruising is postponed until March 7, 2022
Serenade of the Seas sailings from January 8 – March 5, returning after dry dock on April 26, 2022
Jewel of the Seas sailings from January 9 – February 12, returning on February 20, 2022
Symphony of the Seas sailings from January 8 – January 22, returning on January 29, 2022
Of these ships, Vision of the Seas had not restarted sailings with passengers yet.
On January 5, Royal Caribbean cancelled the January 6 sailing of Spectrum of the Seas from Hong Kong.
There weren't any actual Covid cases onboard. Rather, nine passengers on the previous sailing that departed on January 2 were identified as close contacts to someone that tested positive on land in Hong Kong.
Norwegian Cruise Line
On January 11, NCL announced three more cancelled cruises due to Covid-19 cases.
Norwegian Dawn cruises with embarkation dates through and including January 18, 2022
Norwegian Escape cruises with embarkation dates through and including January 22, 2022
Norwegian Joy cruises with embarkation dates through and including January 22, 2022
For all three ships, the next sailing now will begin on January 29.
On January 5, NCL announced it would cancel cruises on 8 ships due to, "ongoing travel restrictions."
Norwegian Pearl cruises with embarkation dates through and including January 17, 2022
Norwegian Getaway cruises with embarkation dates through and including January 19, 2022
Norwegian Sky cruises with embarkation dates through and including February 25,2022
Pride of America cruises with embarkation dates through and including February 26, 2022
Norwegian Jade cruises with embarkation dates through and including March 3, 2022
Norwegian Star cruises with embarkation dates through and including March 19, 2022
Norwegian Sun cruises with embarkation dates through and including April 19, 2022
Norwegian Spirit cruises with embarkation dates through and including April 23, 2022
Oceania Cruises cancelled all sailings on the Marina for January and February that were scheduled to sail from South America.
Oceania said the decision was because of “onerous and prohibitive travel restrictions” in Argentina related to COVID-19.
Regent Seven Seas
Regent Seven Seas Cruises on January 4 said it would not operate a 120-day around-the-world cruise on the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner that was supposed to start Wednesday in San Francisco.
Can I cancel my cruise?
If the Omicron variant is giving you enough anxiety that delaying your cruise, there is usually an opportunity to cancel your cruise thanks to more flexible policies from the cruise lines.
Most cruise lines have enacted extremely fair and lenient refund policies for the time being. In many cases, you can cancel on your own and get most, if not all, of your money back -- but with caveats.
Learn what to expect if you decide to cancel your booked sailing, rather than waiting to see if your cruise line cancels it. Simply click on the name of your cruise line below to get the details.