January 8. It’s another busy week full of cruise news as the industry faces its toughest challenge since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Two major cruise lines have suspended operations on select ships, resulting in last-minute cancellations and disruption for thousands of guests. More ships have been denied at some popular cruise ports, protocols are being tightened and so much more.
Just when cruising has been slowly returning and more ships are setting sail, Norwegian Cruise Line is canceling voyages on eight different vessels, some of which will now not be sailing until April 2022. The reason for the suspensions is due to the ongoing difficulties around the world with travel requirements at ports.
And another major cruise line has suspended operations for select ships. Royal Caribbean announced on Friday, January 7 that four of its vessels will be suspended due to concerns over COVID and the evolving situation. In fact, some Royal Caribbean ships have already been having itinerary issues due to positive cases onboard including among the crew.
Source: Cruise Hive.