Covid-19: Cunard and Seabourn extend cruise operations suspension

31 March 2020 (Last Updated March 31st, 2020 12:23)

Carnival Corporation subsidiaries Cunard and Seabourn have extended the suspension of all its global operations to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on their ships.

Covid-19: Cunard and Seabourn extend cruise operations suspension
Seabourn Quest cruise ship is operated by Carnival Corporation’s subsidiary Seabourn Cruise Line. Credit: Christian Ferrer.

Carnival Corporation subsidiaries Cunard and Seabourn have extended the suspension of all its global operations to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on their ships.

Seabourn has announced that it has extended the global suspension of its operations for 30 additional days.

The announcement includes the ships that are scheduled to start the voyage until 14 May.

The company initially suspended the operations for 30 days from 14 March.

The company added that the booked passengers and travel advisors will be informed about the changes in the sailings.

All passengers who are affected by the changes will be given a future cruise credit worth 125% the cruise fare, which will be valid until 31 December 2021.

Those guests who do not wish to receive the future cruise credit will receive a 100% refund of the fare paid to Seabourn.

Cunard has extended the suspension of all its sailings from 14 April until 15 May. The extension follows the previous announcement of the suspension of its cruises.

Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: “The impact of Covid-19 is affecting personal routines and businesses, as well as placing significant travel restrictions around the world.

“Everyone in the Cunard team is aware of the need to support the management and containment of Covid-19 globally. This includes protecting the health and safety of our guests and crew. It is, therefore, right we extend the pause in operations.”

All guests who are affected by the suspension will be given a future cruise credit worth 125% the cruise fare, which will be valid for any cruises before March 2022 if the cruise is booked before 31 December 2021.

In a similar move, another subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line has also suspended its voyages for another 30 days until 14 May.

MSC Cruises and P&O Cruises have extended their temporary suspensions until 15 May and 29 May respectively.

Last week, Costa Cruises suspended all its global operations until 30 April to reduce the spread of the Covid-19.