CRUISE LINES RESPOND WITH UPDATES IN POLICY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Most cruise lines have begun to update their Final Payment and Cancellation Policies due to the wide impact this virus is having on the industry. Some companies are even offering an onboard credit if you keep your scheduled cruise!
On the Royal Caribbean website you can find the below statement:
Carnival Cruise lines has also updated their policies:
Carnival Cruise Line’s new policy updates provide options and flexibility should you want to reschedule your vacation currently booked between now and May 31, 2020, as well as incentives to proceed with your plans.
Guests who choose to keep their booking as currently scheduled for departures between March 6 and May 31 will receive the following Onboard Credit (OBC) amounts:
$100 per cabin for 3 and 4 day cruises
$150 per cabin for 5 day cruises
$200 per cabin for 6 day and longer cruises
If you choose to continue to sail with Carnival, they will automatically apply your onboard credit to your sail and sign. There is no need to call Carnival
For guests booked on Carnival Radiance European itineraries, the cruise line is finalizing some itinerary changes and a special offer that they will be sharing in the next few days.
For guests who booked prior to March 6, 2020, if you decide to change vacation plans, Carnival Cruise Line will allow those booked on sailings between now and May 31 to move their booking to a new date and receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) in the amount of the non-refundable cancellation fee.
Guests booked on sailings departing between March 9 and March 31 can move your booking to a future date up to 3 days before sailing. If the cruise departs between March 6 and March 8, call Carnival at any time to take advantage of this offer.
Guests booked on sailings departing between April 1 and May 31 can move your booking to a future date by March 31.
The Future Cruise Credit must be used for a sailing by March 31, 2021.
Princess Cruise line Has made changes as well:
The updated cancellation policy varies by departure date, with travelers scheduled to sail April 3 or earlier being able to cancel their trip up to 72 hours before the sailing to receive Future Cruise Credit (FCC) for 100 percent of the cancellation fees.
As for customers scheduled to sail with Princess between April 4 and May 31, they will be eligible to receive FCC for 100 percent of the fees as long as they cancel by March 31.
For passengers booked on voyages between June 1 and 30, the final payment date moves to 60 days before sailing instead of the previously listed 90-day policy.
Travelers who choose to maintain their current itineraries for departures between March 9 and May 31 will receive Onboard Credit, including $100 per cabin for three- and four-day cruises, $150 per cabin for five-day cruises and $200 per cabin for six-day and longer cruises.
Future Cruise Credits will automatically be applied to each guest’s Captain Circle account after they have canceled and may take up to 10 business days to be processed.
If you are booked on another cruise line go to the website for the company for more information.