March 12, 2021 - The cruise industry's business disruptions continue. After Princess Cruises announced at the beginning of the week that trips by three cruise ships from / to Southampton will be suspended until September 25, 2021, Cunard is extending the cruise break for all three Cunard Queens.
Both Princess Cruises and the Cunard Line belong to the Carnival Group. As for Princess Cruises' canceled trips to Southampton, the decision has been determined by the recent announcement by the UK government. The British recently set the roadmap to ease the lockdown and the associated international travel restrictions. Affected by travel cancellations from / to Southampton are trips of the Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Island Princess.
Sky Princess in Fort Lauderdale Harbor / Fl.
At Cunard, trips of all three Cunard Queens are affected by the renewed extension of the cruise break. The shipping company explains: “All trips of the Queen Victoria with embarkation up to and including August 27, 2021 as well as the entire Mediterranean season of the Queen Elizabeth in summer with embarkation up to and including October 11, 2021 have been canceled. The Cunard flagship that Queen Mary 2, will not run up to and including November 12, 2021 ".
Queen Mary 2
The management of Cunard justifies the decision with the ongoing worldwide travel restrictions and the closure of the international ports. Guests whose trip is canceled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit (credit for future cruise) worth 125% of the payment already made. The Future Cruise Credit can be applied to each new booking of a trip that is on sale at the time of booking. The booking must be made by December 31, 2021. Paid travel prices can be reimbursed upon request.