Cunard is further extending its cruise pause beyond 31 July 2020 due to the continued impact of COVID-19. Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria sailings that were due to depart up to and including 1 November 2020 have been cancelled. Voyages on Queen Elizabeth up to and including 23 November 2020 have also been ditched.
The extended delay requires Cunard to abandon Queen Elizabeth‘s Alaska and Asia 2020 season.
LATTE can reveal Queen Elizabeth‘s return to operation cruise will be in local waters – a six-night Tasmania and Southern Australia itinerary operating round-trip from Melbourne on 25 November 2020.
Cunard President, Simon Palethorpe, said the “difficult decision” to extend the operational halt was driven by differing global travel restrictions and “people’s ability to move freely and safely across borders remains seemingly someway in the distance.”
“For Cunard, where we celebrate having a truly international mix of guests and sail all over the world, this becomes particularly impactful. We also need to better understand the implications COVID-19 will have onboard our ships. We are therefore working, at the highest level possible, with government bodies, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the CDC – and Public Health England, as well as the industry collective body – CLIA – and other expert medical professionals to review every aspect of a holiday with us.”
Palethorpe added, “We will only return to service when we have a comprehensive restart protocol with the stamps of approval and accreditation from the most trusted and informed sources.”
As Cunard has done previously during this pause period, guests who are booked on cancelled voyages will automatically be given a 125% Future Cruise Credit. This can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021 on any voyage that’s on sale at the time of booking.
More details at www.cunard.com.