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Crystal Cruises cancels cruises - full list of other cruise line cancellations

Author: Harriet Mallinson

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Cruises have been cancelled due to health and safety concerns and Covid outbreaks on cruise ships. This is the full list of axed sailings.

Cruise holidays have been cancelled by multiple cruise lines due to travel restrictions and Covid cases onboard ships.

The most recent cancellations have come from Crystal Cruises whose parent company has declared bankruptcy.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are among other lines axing sailings in the interest of health and safety. Guests will be notified and refunded for any holiday lost.

These are the cruise lines that have axed cruises.

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Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises has temporarily halted operations following the bankruptcy of parent company, Genting Hong Kong.

Crystal has cancelled all ocean cruises through April 29, 2022. All river cruises are paused until the end of May 2022.

Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal's new expedition vessel, Crystal Endeavor are all currently sailing but will return to port. The cruise line is working on bringing passengers home.

"This was an extremely difficult decision but a prudent one given the current business environment and recent developments with our parent company, Genting Hong Kong," Crystal President Jack Anderson said in a statement.

"Crystal has been synonymous with luxury cruising for more than 30 years, and we look forward to welcoming back our valued guests when we resume operations. We wish to thank our guests and travel advisors for their incredible support during these ongoing challenging times."

Customers are no longer able to make reservations for Crystal Cruises on its website.

Guests and their travel partners are currently being notified. Crystal will provide a full refund of cruise fare paid, which will be processed automatically to the original form of payment so there is no further action on the guest’s part. If the cruise was paid via a Future Cruise Payment or Credit, the full value will be returned to their Crystal Society profile account.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen has delayed the return of cruise ship Balmoral - the vessel will now sail in May.

The cruise line has also cancelled Braemar cruises until Spring 2023 as the ship's return is also pushed back.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "We have reviewed our return to service dates and will now welcome Balmoral back in May, a little later than originally planned, and will be delaying Braemar’s return to spring 2023.

“In doing this, we feel more confident in being able to offer the cruise experience we had planned for our guests across all of the ships that we will have operating.

“The good news is that we will still be returning to Scotland for departures this year, with Balmoral to operate between Newcastle - where she was originally due to be based - and Rosyth, where she will take over some of Braemar’s itineraries in the summer months."

Today Fred. Olsen launched a new Travel Ready Service. As part of this package, Fred. Olsen will take care of all the paperwork they are permitted to, including Passenger Locator Forms and NHS vaccination letters, and they’ll order any tests that will be required.

Guests can add the service to their booking once they are three weeks ahead of their departure. Fred. Olsen can then act on the most up-to-date travel requirements for each destination. Prices start from £49 per person.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean axed a sailing last week on Independence of the Seas, in response to “Covid-related circumstances around the world.”

Operations are also paused for the following:

"Guests booked on these cancelled sailings are receiving assistance and compensation options, including a full refund," said Royal Caribbean in a statement.

Royal Caribbean has also cancelled all Hong Kong cruises for Spectrum of the Seas in January.

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Norwegian Cruise Line - or NCL - has nixed a selection of sailings. Credit: NCL

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line - or NCL - has nixed a selection of sailings as a result of "ongoing travel restrictions."

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The following cruises have been cancelled:

  • Norwegian Getaway cruise with embarkation date of January 5, 2022
  • All Norwegian Pearl cruises with embarkation dates through and including January 14, 2022
  • All Norwegian Sky cruises with embarkation dates through and including February 25,2022
  • All Pride of America cruises with embarkation dates through and including February 26, 2022
  • All Norwegian Jade cruises with embarkation dates through and including March 3, 2022
  • All Norwegian Star cruises with embarkation dates through and including March 19, 2022
  • All Norwegian Sun cruises with embarkation dates through and including April 19, 2022
  • All Norwegian Spirit cruises with embarkation dates through and including April 23, 2022

"All guests booked on these sailings will receive an automatic full refund returned to the form of payment provided at the time of reservation as well as a bonus Future Cruise Certificate valid for a future cruise," said NCL.

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Cruise guests will be notified and refunded for any holiday lost. Credit: Shutterstock

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas has cut its 2022 world cruise onboard Seven Seas Mariner due to sail on January 5.

Instead of the 120-night sailing, there will be four, shorter cruises, as follows:

  • January 23, 2022: 21-night Grand Caribbean Voyage, Roundtrip Miami
  • February 13, 2022: 31-night Grand Caribbean Voyage, Roundtrip Miami
  • March 16, 2022: 25-night Amazon Voyage, Roundtrip Miami
  • April 10, 2022: 25-night Panama Canal Voyage, Miami to San Francisco

Regent said: "Guests of the full 2022 World Cruise who chose to cancel their booking, and guests who had bookings on the original 2022 World Cruise segments which have now been modified, will be provided with a full refund for the amount of the fare paid as of January 4, 2022."

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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has postponed service on Celebrity Eclipse. The ship was scheduled to carry out four sailings in March and April.

The cruise line refused to comment on further details.

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