Celestyal Cruises has announced it will further suspend sailings for the rest of the year, and will not recommence cruises until the start of their 2021 season in March.
As the core of our season runs from the Spring through the Autumn, we were optimistic that we would be able to resume our cruise operations later this summer. However, given the prevailing uncertainty regarding travel restrictions through the balance of our operating season from our largest international source markets coupled with the continuing discussions at the European Union level regarding the enhanced health protocols that will apply to EU cruise operations, we made the difficult but prudent decision to postpone resuming cruise operations until the scheduled start of our normal spring season next year.Leslie Peden, Chief Commercial Officer, Celestyal Cruises
By cancelling all remaining 2020 departures, it allows the company to shift its full attention to developing both 2021 and 2022 business, which is already seeing encouraging signs from pent-up demand. The latest cancellations offer booked guests in 2020 more clarity and certainty as to what is happening to their holiday, giving them peace of mind, rather than worry.
Celestyal Cruises is confident that by the start of the 2021 season on 6 March, they will be fully prepared to implement all enhanced health protocols that will be established by the EU.
Those affected by the latest suspension will receive 120% Future Cruise Credit of the original booking value. Guests will have until December 2021 to re-book and can be used on any future sailing up to the end of December 2022. Should guests choose not to redeem their FCC by end of December 2021, they will automatically receive a full refund equal to the original amount paid to Celestyal upon the voucher’s expiration.