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Cruising On Pause

Seven Major Cruise Lines Extend Their Operations Pause

Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea, Azamara, Seabourn and Princess have all indicated that they are extending the pause of cruise operations further.

Seattle-based Holland America Line advised that it’s extending its pause of European cruise operations to include departures through June 30, 2021as it continues to work with government and port authorities to develop its plans to return to cruising.

Holland America indicated that the pause will impact cruises departing in May and June on Nieuw Statendam, Volendam and Westerdam, along with the Collectors’ Voyages associated with those cancelled cruises.

(Collectors’ Voyages combine nonrepeating itineraries for an extended, back-to-back cruise experience).

Cruises affected by this pause in operation are:

  • Nieuw Statendam: Eight departures from May 2 through June 27, 2021, that include seven- and 14-day Norway and Baltic itineraries, as well as the 14- and 21-day Collectors’ Voyages of those cruises.
  • Volendam: June 19, 2021, 14-day Adriatic Dream cruise and the 24-day Adriatic Dream and Greek Odyssey Collectors’ Voyage departing the same date.
  • Westerdam: June 19, 2021, 12-day Greece and Adriatic Antiquities cruise and the 24-day Adriatic Antiquities and Mediterranean Romance Collectors’ Voyage departing the same date.

As well, the cruise company is notifying all guests and their travel advisors of their options.

Go to www.hollandamerica.com for more.

Royal Caribbean

Miami-based Royal Caribbean Group said that it continues to focus on the healthy and safe return to cruising for guests, crew and the communities we visit.

As we work closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government authorities around the world toward this shared goal, we are extending the suspension of certain sailings for our cruise lines.

The following schedule reflects adjustments to our upcoming 2021 itineraries.

Royal Caribbean International:

  • Suspending sailings through May 31
  • Excluding Quantum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas
  • Excluding China Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas sailings from April 30 through May and beyond

Celebrity Cruises: 

  • Suspending sailings through May 31

Silversea Cruises:

  • Suspending sailings through May 31


  • Suspending sailings though June 30

The cruise company is reaching out to its guests and travel partners to share further details and address any questions or concerns they may have.

For more, go to:

Azamara: www.azamara.com

Celebrity Cruises: www.celebritycruises.com

Royal Caribbean www.royalcaribbean.com

Silversea: www.silversea.com


Seabourn is continuing to take a practical approach in extending its current operational pause. As a result of the current environment, the brand is cancelling a series of select 2021 Europe departures.

The cancellation announcement applies differently by ship. Voyages affected include:

  • Seabourn Sojourn, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021
  • Seabourn Encore, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021
  • Seabourn Quest, with its next scheduled departure now set for November 7, 2021

Guests with bookings affected by this announcement are being given as much notice as possible to provide them with greater clarity around their travel plans.

Guests and their travel advisors will be sent specific details applicable to their booking. Seabourn asks guests and travel advisors to use the online resources available on its website first rather than calling the Reservation Call Center for information about the cancellations due to the possibility of high call volumes and the potential of long on-hold wait times.

Go to www.seabourn.com for more.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is extending its pause of cruise vacations sailing the Caribbean, California Coast, Mexico and Mediterranean through June 30, 2021.

The pause in operation affects the following voyages:

  • Caribbean Princess: Seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises
  • Enchanted Princess: Seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic, seven-day Western Mediterranean, and 14-day Western Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley
  • Ruby Princess: Seven-day Classic California Coast, seven-day Mexican Riviera, and five-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway sailing

Princess advises that it will transfer the commission earned by travel agents from the cancelled 2021 cruise to the new booking in 2022 for bookings that were paid in full. This convenience is in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line’s business and success.

The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found online at Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises.

Go to www.princesscruises.com for more.





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