Holland America Line pauses its global cruise operations for 30 additional days

Andrew Cummings
March 31, 2020

But while cruise customers were hoping for their future voyage plans to remain intact, their holiday dreams may have just been dashed.

Carnival Corp, also the operator of two coronavirus-stricken Princess cruises, has already temporarily suspended several of its ships due to concerns over the rapidly spreading COVID-19 crisis earlier this month. We recently looked into the financial reports for the three public cruise companies - Carnival Corporation & PLC, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD., and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD. - to get an idea of what it might cost them in lost revenue and profit.

While we understand this disruption may inconvenience our loyal guests and valued travel partners, we are committed first and foremost to protecting the safety, security and well-being of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit.

Passengers booked to sail between 13 March and 10 May on any of the group's 28 ships are being asked to contact their travel agent or the individual cruise line for more information.

Royal Caribbean has announced it will extend its relaxed cancellation policy through to the beginning of September 2020. The updated policy enhances planning flexibility by allowing cancellations up to 48 hours prior to sailing for any reason.

Guests now booked on cruises from April 14 through May 14 and their travel advisors will receive notification from Holland America Line in the coming days regarding options for selecting either a Future Cruise Credit for 125% of their booking value plus an additional $250 shipboard credit or a full refund.

We thank our guests for their understanding and look forward to welcoming them on a future Carnival cruise.

"Because this policy gives them more freedom and flexibility".

With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Disney Cruise Line has made a decision to extend the suspension of all new departures through Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Holland America Line kindly requests that all those booked on cruises from April 14 through May 14 do not call reservations for assistance as hold times are expected to be very long, and their booking will automatically be cancelled over the coming week.

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