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Azamara and Seabourn cruises lines are the latest companies to extend the suspension of sailings as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Both lines will not be resuming cruise holidays until next year. This is what the cruise news mean for you.
Seabourn, the “ultra-luxury resort at sea”, announced on Tuesday that it will cancel upcoming 2020 and 2021 voyages for three cruise ships in its fleet into Spring 2021.
Seabourn has a fleet of intimate, all-suite ships which carry between 458 and 600 guests each.
The cancellations applies to three of its vessels: Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Ovation, and Seabourn Encore.
Coronavirus is to blame as the US and UK continue to warn against cruise ship travel.
“The decision to cancel additional voyages is a proactive action to deal with the circumstances continuing to evolve from the global response to the COVID-19 situation,” said Seabourn in a statement.
Which Seabourn cruises are cancelled?
Seabourn Odyssey: with its operations pause effective through January 15, 2021.
Seabourn Ovation: with its operations pause effective through April 18, 2021.
Seabourn Encore: with its operations pause effective through May 28, 2021.
Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn said: “Our highest priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the people in destinations we visit.”
“We know our past guests and travellers are eager to travel when the time is right and that time is on the horizon, so I would encourage anyone to look at their calendar and start planning a trip today to let the excitement build.”
Guests with impacted cruises will automatically be cancelled and all guests will receive Bonus Future Cruise Credits.
They can also request a full refund of monies paid to Seabourn.
Azamara said it intends to re-start cruises in March for the 2021 Europe season.
Which Azamara cruises are cancelled?
Azamara Quest will resume voyages in March 2021
Azamara Journey will return on April 9, 2021
Azamara Pursuit will re-start sailings on May 9, 2021.
Azamara Chief Operating Officer Carol Cabezas said: “After very careful consideration, we have made the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe season, as we are still confronted with the many global challenges resulting from COVID-19,” reported NI Travel News.
“We plan to return stronger than ever next season, with reimagined guest experiences that will protect the wellbeing of our guests and crew yet remain true to the Azamara spirit of connecting people to cultures.”
Azamara Club Cruises, which operates mid-sized ships, annually offers 60 to 70 voyages featuring classic and less‐traveled destinations in Asia and Indonesia, North, South and Central America, the West Indies, Northern Europe (including the British Isles, Scandinavia, Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Sea), Western Europe and the Mediterranean.
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