As U.S. cruise lines continue to work to meet the CDC’s new guidelines for the Conditional Sailing Order (CSO), Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney Cruise Line are extending suspension of sailing through June 30.
The dealyed restart has led to the state of Florida to file a lawsuit against the agency, demanding cruise ships be allowed to immediately resume sailing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday.
Royal Caribbean International’s said its plan is to “resume further operation in July.” The current pause excludes sailings onboard Quantum, Spectrum, Voyager, Anthem, Adventure, Vision, Jewel, and Odyssey of the Seas.
Other changes include:
Quantum of the Seas will remain in the Asia-Pacific region and Alaska sailings departing April 5 to Oct. 14, 2021 have been canceled.
Odyssey of the Seas May 9 to Oct. 28, 2021 sailings departing from Rome, Italy, are canceled and instead, Odyssey will begin the inaugural season out of a new homeport, Haifa, Israel from June to October 2021. These new sailings are available for residents of Israel only.
Instead of offering sailings from Barcelona, Spain, Adventure of the Seas will now offer sailings from Nassau, Bahamas beginning June through October 2021.
Instead of offering sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vision of the Seas will now offer sailings from Bermuda beginning June through Aug. 29, 2021.
Jewel of the Seas will now offer sailings from Limassol, Cyprus beginning June 2021, and no longer sail from Northern Europe; Barcelona, Spain; and Boston, Massachusetts through the end of October.
Anthem of the Seas summer season will now consist of Ocean Getaways and British Isles itineraries from Southampton exclusively for UK residents.
Carnival Cruise Line has also canceled sailings from U.S. ports through June 30.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, stated that although the cruise line has not made plans to move Carnival Cruise Line ships outside of our U.S. homeports, “we may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations which have been on pause for over a year.”
Disney Cruise Line, too, suspended all cruises through June 2021 while also canceling all cruises abroad the Disney Magic with sailings from European ports through Sept. 18, 2021.