Major cruise lines postpone departures amid Covid

  • On Tuesday, Norwegian postponed departures on 11 cruise ships.
  • Royal Caribbean has also suspended itineraries on four ships as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.
  • These are all cruise ships that Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have postponed.

Two major cruise lines have canceled sailings on 15 ships combined as COVID-19 continues to climb around the world amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

The majority of cruise ships sailing in the United States have reported outbreaks of COVID-19 in recent weeks, according to The data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These ongoing outbreaks have prevented cruise ships from docking at ports of call, infected crew and forced passengers to quarantine on board ships.

Amid the disruption, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have postponed several departures, citing travel restrictions or the COVID-19 outbreak. Nearly 250 cruises were scheduled to depart in the first month of 2022, but this continued rise in COVID-19 cases could continue to drive further cancellations.

Here are all the cruise ships currently facing cancellations:

Norwegian cruise line

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl on the water in Amsterdam on a sunny day.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl in Amsterdam.

Norwegian cruise line

In early January, Norwegian announced it would be canceling itineraries on eight ships due to “ongoing travel restrictions”. On Tuesday, the cruise giant extended these postponements to include boardings on 11 ships:

  • Norwegian Pearl — postponed to January 17
  • Norwegian Dawn — postponed to January 18
  • Norwegian Getaway — postponed to January 19
  • Norwegian Escape — postponed to January 22
  • Norwegian Joy — postponed to January 22
  • Norwegian Sky — postponed to February 25
  • Pride of America — postponed to February 26
  • Norwegian Jade — postponed to March 3
  • Norwegian Star — postponed to March 19
  • Norwegian Sun — postponed to April 19
  • Norwegian Spirit — postponed to April 23

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas ship

Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas vessel.

Royal Caribbean

On Friday, Royal Caribbean also canceled crossings on four ships, citing “ongoing COVID-related circumstances”:

  • Vision of the Seas — rescheduled to March 7.
  • Serenade of the Seas — postponed to April 26
  • Jewel of the Seas cruises — postponed to February 20
  • Symphony of the Seas — postponed to January 29

The Vision of the Seas is currently being used as a quarantine vessel for Royal Caribbean crew who have contracted COVID-19.

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