Seabourn extends pause up to mid 2021

Three of the line's ultra-luxe vessels to cruise in November, but Sojourn is out until late May

Seabourn has cancelled upcoming voyages on three of its five cruise ships as a part of the latest halt in operations, fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation will pause operations until 25 November and 20 December respectively, while Seabourn Sojourn will be taken out of action until her World Cruise in 2021, restarting service in late May next year.

The luxury cruise brand had previously announced a pause in its global ship operations from 14 March to 20 November 2020, depending on the ship, effectively cancelling all voyages scheduled to operate during that timeframe.

Seabourn says its decision to cancel additional voyages is a “proactive action to deal with the circumstances continuing to evolve from the global response to the COVID-19 situation”.

Recently appointed Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz said: “We’ve been saying for some time that our resumption of service will come gradually, and this action reflects that discussion. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, crew and the people in destinations we visit remain a top priority.”

“Like many who watch the travel industry, we are encouraged by the signs emerging around the world that point to travel’s progress toward return. When our expert science and medical advisors and our destinations support the ability to resume travel on Seabourn, we’ll be ready.”

Not all of Seabourn’s ships are impacted. According to the cruise line’s website, Seabourn Quest is currently planned to operate a 13-day voyage on 7 November, cruising from Miami to Lima. Seabourn Odyssey will offer seven- and 14-night Caribbean voyages in November, operating round trip from Bridgetown, Barbados. The first Caribbean availability currently listed online is for 21 November 2020.

Guests currently confirmed on Seabourn Sojourn‘s 2021 World Cruise will be automatically re-accommodated in the same suite on Seabourn Sojourn‘s 2022 World Cruise, at the rate paid, within 30 days.

Those with impacted cruises (except World Cruise 2021) will automatically be cancelled and all guests will receive Bonus Future Cruise Credits. They can also request a full refund of monies paid to Seabourn.

Seabourn is calling on travel advisors to use the online resources available on its website first rather than calling its Reservation Call Centre for information about the cancellations due to the possibility of high call volumes and the potential of long on-hold wait times.

Image credit: © Seabourn

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