Even with the extension of Uniworld Cruises suspension, I believe now is the best time to book (or rebook) your cruise and explain why here. If you have questions about your canceled cruise (or planning your next cruise) use the contact form or call 844-483-6669 and I’ll joyfully provide unbiased information and advice.
Uniworld Cruises Announcement: 9/16/20
Please be advised that Uniworld has unfortunately suspended departures October 1-31 as of today. All terms and policies for guests bookings and FTC options remain the same.Uniworld Cruises
On August 10 when CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) announced the extension of the suspension of cruises it was only a matter of time before cruise lines made announcements about their short term plans. In order to comply with the CDC’s current suspension of operations Uniworld Cruises had announced the extension of their voluntary suspension through September 15, 2020.
As it turns out, planning to resume on September 16 was little more than a fantasy that didn’t take into account common sense or an awareness of what is happening in the world. Until recently I had my own version of the fantasy, hoping cruises would return sooner rather than later. I’ve now come to the conclusion that cruises may still be an option late in 2020 but if (and it’s a big if) they do, the options will be limited to 3-4 day cruises.
On August 24, 2020, Uniworld Cruises announced the extension of their suspension through September 30, 2020 (official statement below) and truthfully, I’m skeptical of that return to service date.
Announcement From Uniworld Cruises: August 24, 2020
Following the most current COVID-19 travel restrictions that are in place by governments and health organizations around the world, we unfortunately have no choice but to suspend all our itineraries through September 30, 2020. To make it easier for [for effected guests], we have automatically issued a Future Travel Certificate (FTC) for the full amount paid (cruise-tour only), plus 10%, which [guests] can use towards any future cruise(s) through December 31, 2022.Uniworld Cruises
Announcement From Uniworld Cruises: August 10, 2020
Please be advised that due to the most current COVID-19 travel restriction that are in place by governments and health organizations around the world, Uniworld unfortunately has no choice but to suspend all our itineraries through Sep 15, 2020.Uniworld Cruises
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Uniworld Cruises Cancellation Policy
For guests impacted by the most recent cancellations, Uniworld will automatically issue a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for the amount paid (cruise-tour only) plus 10%, which can be used for any future cruise through Dec 31, 2022. If you are booked on itineraries effected by the suspension, contact your travel advisor for assistance. If you booked directly with Uniworld you may contact them, or for personalized and unbiased assistance, reach out to me using the contact form.
Book and Sail With Confidence Program
With all the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Uniworld has been proactive about their standards, policies, and protocols to ensure the health and safety of guests and crew. Flexible cancellation policies, small ships, great staff to guest ratio’s, and of course new procedures onboard.
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