Carnival, Disney Cruise Line cancel sailings until June; Holland America, Princess scrap Canadian cruises

Disney Cruise Line and several Carnival Corp.-owned lines are the latest companies to announce new cruise cancellations as the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s plan for the industry’s safe relaunch continue to evolve.

Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line both announced Wednesday that they have canceled all sailings through May. Disney also canceled some cruises scheduled for August and potentially some later on, too.

“As we continue to refine our protocols and await further technical guidance from the CDC, we are cancelling all sailings departing through May 2021,” Disney said in a statement.

Sailings on the Disney Magic have been canceled through Aug. 10 due to the “likelihood of international borders remaining closed.”

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And because of Canada’s decision to ban cruises until February 2022, the cruise line is evaluating options for its itineraries in Alaska on the Disney Wonder. 

The Canadian cruise-ship ban also prompted a flurry of cancellation announcements by several of Carnival’s sister lines, including Holland America, Princess and Seabourn.

Princess said in a statement that it is canceling its seven-day voyages of the Glaciers itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Anchorage (Whittier, Alaska), as well as all Pacific Coastal itineraries that begin or end in Vancouver and Canadian Adventure roundtrip sailings from Southampton, England.

Meanwhile, Holland America said it is canceling all cruises that begin or end at a Canadian port. The move impacts the following itineraries:

  • Alaska: Multiple cruises from all departure points through September aboard Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam and Zuiderdam. (This also includes any Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled Alaska sailings.)
  • Pacific Coastal: Two early October cruises aboard Koningsdam and Oosterdam.
  • Canada/New England: Three Zaandam cruises departing in September.

The Holland America statement added that “at this time, Alaska cruises departing from mid-May and sailing roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, are not being canceled,” and noted that cruisers book to sail out of Vancouver will not be permitted to switch to Seattle instead.

Both Holland America and Princess noted that they are working with both the United States and Canadian governments in hopes of salvaging some part of the 2021 cruise season for Alaska and Canada.

Seabourn announced in a statement that it is canceling all 2021 itineraries for Alaska and British Columbia. The moves impacts 19 summer cruises on the Seabourn Odyssey.

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