Norwegian, Regent and Oceania cruise lines have cancelled all reopening cruises scheduled for October.
Parent company of the three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, announced the news in a release on Wednesday.
“In an effort to provide additional transparency”, NCLH said it will provide an update at the end of each month regarding the status of voyage suspensions, including any potential extensions.
Like Princess Cruises, the three lines have extended their suspensions past the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “no-sail” order, which is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020
The release on the Norwegian website reads “The safety, security and well-being of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our number one priority. We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and the global health environment. With COVID-19 continuing to impact communities and ports around the globe, we have extended our voluntary temporary suspension of voyages through October 2020.”
“Guests who had an active reservation on a suspended cruises in October will automatically receive a refund of their cruise fare in the form of a Future Cruise Credit for 125% of the amount paid. The FCC must be used one year from issued date for any Norwegian Cruise Line voyage embarking through 2022.”
“Guests who prefer to not take advantage of a future cruise credit can elect to receive a lesser refund equal to the amount paid to date to the original form of payment 60 days after submitting the Refund Request Form which will go live here on August 3 at 9:00 am EST and must be submitted by no later than 5:00 pm EST on August 14, 2020.”
Before the suspensions were announced, the company recently began a collaboration with Royal Caribbean Group to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The new safety panel will look at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service.
One of the first reopening sailings for Norwegian according to their website is a 4 day cruise departing from Miami to the Bahamas on November 2nd.
Once again there is a possibility that Norwegian could extend the suspension again.