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Royal Caribbean pushes back Odyssey of the Seas debut until April 2021

Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship will not begin sailing until April 2021.

On Tuesday, the cruise line confirmed Odyssey of the Seas would have all of its sailings cancelled between November 2020 - April 2021.

In a statement to travel agents, Royal Caribbean said the decision to delay Odyssey's arrival was due to issues at the Meyer Werft shipyard, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, all sailings between November 5, 2020 - April 17, 2021 are now cancelled.

Wall Street analyst thinks cruise recovery is many years away

Wall Street analyst Chris Woronka of Deutsche Bank wrote a note that predicts in the long run cruise lines will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will take many years to accomplish.

While he does not see the cruise line stocks of Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean being low enough to buy right now, in the long term Woronka sees these stocks recovering after getting torpedoed by the COVID-19 panic.

Newlyweds sue Royal Caribbean for being on New Zealand volcano excursion during eruption

Newlyweds Matthew and Lauren Urey are suing Royal Caribbean for being caught during a volcanic eruption while on a cruise shore excursion.

Daily Mail reports the couple made a legal filing that the cruise line failed to alert passengers about the danger, despite the cruise like allegedly knowing about the issue.

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.

Royal Caribbean-owned Pullmantur Cruises files for reorganization

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Cruises Investment Holding announced on Monday that it has filed for the reorganization of Pullmantur Cruceros under Spanish insolvency laws.

RCCL owns 49% of Pullmantur, while Cruises Investment Holding owns 51 percent.

According to Pullmantur's Board of Directors, the impact of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the cruise line's financial situation.

Royal Caribbean will send Quantum of the Seas to Australia in 2021-2022

Royal Caribbean teased its upcoming Australia 2021-2022 cruise season by announcing Quantum of the Seas will sail to the region for the first time ever.

Quantum of the Seas has been based in China, but will transition to Australia when she is not offering Alaska cruises.

Joining Quantum of the Seas will be Ovation of the Seas in Sydney. In addition, Radiance of the Seas will homeport in Brisbane, Australia.

The cruise line has a variety of sailings, including 7-8 night coastal cruises, 8-12 night South Pacific cruises and 10-13 night sailings around Tasmania.

Royal Caribbean indefinitely postpones upcoming ship upgrades

Royal Caribbean announced on Tuesday it has postponed all of its upcoming Royal Amplifications until further notice.

Plans for upgrades and enhancements on four ships are now in limbo, as the cruise line cited the impact of COVID-19 and the closure of shipyards as forcing their hand in making this delay.

Royal Caribbean announces proposed offerings of senior guaranteed notes and senior convertible notes

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd announced it will offer senior guaranteed notes to be issued by the Company due 2023 for an aggregate principal amount of up to $1.0 billion and a concurrent private offering of senior convertible notes to be issued by the Company due 2023.

Royal Caribbean cancels Alaska and Canada cruises through October 2020

Royal Caribbean announced it has cancelled all of its cruises to Alaska and Canada through October 31, 2020.

The decision was made after Canada announced cruise ships are banned from its waters through October 31, 2020.

Guests on cancelled sailings have the choice of getting a 125% Future Cruise Credit, 100% refund or the option to Lift and Shift their booking to a similar booking in 2021.

Royal Caribbean ship completes crew repatriation in Jamaica

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas has completed a process of repatriating crew members on May 25.

The crew members disembarked at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny. 

According to Holness, Royal Caribbean reported 1024 of the 1044 Jamaicans aboard who wished to return to Jamaica have now done so.

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