Celestyal Cruises has introduced it’s going to voluntarily lengthen its suspension of cruise operations till subsequent 12 months because of the continued uncertainty surrounding journey to Europe this summer time.
The corporate’s 2021 season is scheduled to start March 6, 2021.
Athens-based Celestyal Cruises, which specializes within the Greek Islands and the Jap Mediterranean, initially suspended sailings in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted ongoing journey restrictions and non permanent port closures.
The cruise line is providing impacted friends a Future Cruise Credit score (FCC) valued at 120 % of unique reserving worth that they’ll redeem by December 2021 on any crusing by the tip of December 2022. If passengers do not redeem their FCC by the tip of December 2021, they may mechanically obtain a full refund equal to the unique quantity paid.
Celestyal Cruises will mechanically ship the FCC voucher on to friends or their journey advisors so there is not any have to contact the cruise line aside from to rebook journey.
“Because the core of our season runs from the spring by the autumn, we had been optimistic that we’d be capable to resume our cruise operations later this summer time,” mentioned Celestyal Cruises chief business officer Leslie Peden in a press release accompanying Tuesday’s announcement. “Nevertheless, given the prevailing uncertainty concerning journey restrictions by the steadiness of our working season from our largest worldwide supply markets coupled with the persevering with discussions on the European Union stage concerning the improved well being protocols that may apply to EU cruise operations, we made the troublesome however prudent resolution to postpone resuming cruise operations till the scheduled begin of our regular spring season subsequent 12 months.”
Peden mentioned the corporate has already “put our journey companions and friends by sufficient date adjustments on when cruising might return safely.”
“By voluntarily pausing operations till our scheduled departures of subsequent 12 months, Celestyal will likely be higher positioned to supply extra readability and certainty to our valued companions and friends, in addition to peace of thoughts,” he added. “We’ll now shift our full consideration to creating each 2021 and 2022 enterprise the place we’re already seeing encouraging indicators of pent-up demand and be nicely ready to implement all enhanced well being protocols that may in the end be established by the EU and the nations the place we function.”
“Whereas we respect and share within the disappointment this resolution has on our friends, their wellbeing, in addition to that of our loyal crew and the native communities we go to is at all times our high precedence,” Peden concluded.