Royal Caribbean Group Extends Suspension

Royal Caribbean Group announced the cancelation of cruises through April 30, 2021. The announcement also includes Freedom of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas transatlantic sailings on May 2, and May 7, 2021 and excludes Quantum of the Seas sailing in Singapore (not that it matters for US based guests who at the moment can’t get to Singapore.)

Many key cruise competitors have recently made the tough decision to suspend sailings further into spring 2021 and, unfortunately, we will also be following suit.  We continue the planning and preparation necessary to ensure a healthy and safe return to service; however, we aren’t quite there yet and require a little extra time. Due to this, the decision has been made to extend our sailing suspension through April 30, 2021

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Announcement from Celebrity Cruises:

As we continue to focus on the healthy and safe return to cruising for guests, crew and the communities we visit, we are working closely with our sister brands at Royal Caribbean Group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as government authorities around the world toward our shared goal. In order to return in the best way possible, we continue to extend the suspension of certain Celebrity Cruises sailings. In brief, Celebrity Cruises will be suspending sailings through April 30, 2021 including the May 1, 2021 transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex. As well, May through October 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation will also be suspended.


Azamara statement:

As the world continues to confront the many challenges resulting from COVID-19, our primary goal continues to be a healthy return to service for our guests, crew and the communities we visit. In order to ensure the most effective initiatives are in place for a healthy return to service, Azamara has taken the decision to extend the suspension of global operations for all sailings departing on or before April 30, 2021.


The Azamara fleet is scheduled to return to service in the following timeframe:

  • Azamara Quest: May 1, 2021.
    • Azamara Quest will now start the Europe season with her originally scheduled 14-night Black Sea sailing roundtrip from Piraeus, (Athens), Greece.
  • Azamara Journey: May 1, 2021.
    • Azamara Journey will now start the Europe season with her originally scheduled 6-night Amalfi & Adriatic Wonders voyage from Civitavecchia, (Rome), Italy to Venice, Italy.  
  • Azamara Pursuit: May 9, 2021.
    • Azamara Pursuit will continue to start the Europe season with a series of new Greece Intensive voyages sailing roundtrip from Athens (Piraeus), Greece.

Royal, Celebrity, and Azamara have continued to adjust the dates and make Cruise With Confidence policies available to guests. In short, and with some fine print (dates, mostly), guests can request a 100% refund, accept 125% future cruise credit, or “lift and shift” to the same cruise the following year while keeping the prices and promotions the same.

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