In the first week of January, several trips aboard four Royal Caribbean ships were cancelled due to the current circumstances related to COVID-19 around the world. The cruise line made the decision out of caution and all passengers who booked trips will receive an automatic full refund, as well as an additional credit for a future cruise. Norwegian Cruise Line also cancelled cruises on eight of its ships, including one that had to return to port due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases on board. On Wednesday, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line announced the cancellation of their trips due to the increasing fear of coronavirus infections related to Omicron.
This has caused a setback in the recovery of the cruise industry, which has been heavily impacted by the pandemic. The affected cruise lines include: Olsen, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International and Windstar. The cancellations are a necessary precaution to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members. It is important for travelers to stay informed about the latest developments in order to make informed decisions about their travel plans.
Cruise lines are doing their best to provide refunds and credits for future cruises in order to minimize disruption for passengers.