December 09, 2020 - The information about COVID-19-related shutdowns in the cruise industry doesn't want to end. Today Cunard announced the extension of the cruise break for the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.
All voyages of the Queen Mary 2 with embarkation up to and including May 28, 2021 and all voyages of the Queen Elizabeth with embarkation up to and including June 4, 2021 will be canceled. The reasons for this drastic cut are the persistent worldwide travel restrictions. The third Cunard ship, the Queen Victoria, is not affected by the measure. It will start cruise operations as planned on May 17, 2021.
Queen Victoria in front of Santorini
Simon Palethorpe, President of Cunard, can be quoted as follows: “With the decision to extend the operating hours of our queens again, we are reacting to the ongoing restrictions on cruises around the world, taking into account the considerable lead times for the resumption of cruise operations that will come to us as soon as the restrictions are lifted. ”He also emphasizes the positive booking figures for the 2022 travel program. The figures indicate that the will of the Cunard guests to travel seems unbroken.
The renowned cruise brand automatically offers booked guests a Future Cruise Credit (credit for a future cruise) worth 125% of the payment already made for the canceled trip. A new trip must be booked by December 31, 2021.