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Which Royal Caribbean cruises have been cancelled in 2022?

Cara Houlton January 5, 2022
Which Royal Caribbean cruises have been cancelled in 2022?

Despite many cruise lines and holiday destinations having plans to re-open to tourists, Royal Caribbean has recently announced a cancellation in the voyage of the Spectrum of the Seas which was due to depart from Hong Kong on 6 January 2022.

The news came shortly after the announcement of Royal Caribbean’s CEO Richard Fain stepping down after 33 years with the company. Leading the company through the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean Group is now under new management as of 2022.

With uncertainty surrounding the cruising industry with a new rise in COVID cases, we’ve taken a look into which cruise liners have been cancelled, why this is happening and what to do if your holiday can no longer go ahead.

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Why are cruises being cancelled?

Since March 2020 many cruise lines were unable to run due to positive COVID-19 cases affecting the safety of all passengers on board. However, with 2022 in sight, many cruising companies were ready to once again set sail.

However, as the most recent Omicron variant has spread so widely and rapidly, there is once again a greater risk of passengers being infected by the virus whilst onboard a ship.

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas, which was set to depart on 6 January 2022, was cancelled due to the ship’s previous voyage returning to Hong Kong a day early to test 2,500 passengers due to nine close contact passengers being present onboard.

The Cruise Lines International Association told USA Today: “Together with our members, we are monitoring developments related to the omicron variant and remain closely engaged with local and national authorities in the places where cruises sail.”

Which cruises have been cancelled in 2022?

Other than Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas current voyage being cancelled, the Voyager of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas are also not set to be running until March and April 2022. However, the cruise line still has over 15 other ships set to continue their planned voyages in 2022.

Norwegian Cruise Line also had to cancel a voyage from Miami on the Norwegian Getaway just 24 hours before its departure. The ship which was due to depart on 5 January 2022 was cancelled due to COVID-19 related issues, however Norwegian Cruise Line is yet to announce the specific reasons behind its last-minute halt.

P&O Cruises have also cancelled a few of their upcoming voyages whilst Princess Cruises have select ships and destinations that will not be available to travel on or to until later in 2022. All information regarding Princess Cruises cancellations can be found here.

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What to do if your cruise has been cancelled

To accommodate the last-minute cancellations, many cruise lines are offering customers more options than usual on how to amend their holiday plans or re-book for a future trip.

Royal Caribbean has updated their policies in light of COVID-19 and now offer customers who have experienced cancellations credit for a future cruise, a full refund or air and hotel purchases. However, they have also advised customers that refunds can take up to 45 days to process due to a vast number of refunds and credit already requested.

P&O Cruises have also adapted their policies and at present any cruise bookings up to March 2022 can be rescheduled with their ‘free flexible transfer policy up to the date the balance for your holiday is due.’

If you’re thinking of booking a cruise at any time soon be sure to check out the cruise lines FAQ’s as following the rise in COVID cases many companies have updated their vaccination and testing policies.

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Cara is a journalism student studying at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has a passion for entertainment, news and storytelling, which is where her love for journalism started.