Crystal is the latest cruise line to withdraw its planned port calls to Australia and New Zealand in early 2022.
Having already terminated its 2020 and 2021 World Cruises due to the pandemic, Crystal late last week advised impending changes for its upcoming 2022 voyage.
Crystal’s 116-day 2022 World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity is currently intended to operate roundtrip from Los Angeles, departing on 2 February bound for Hawaii, then onto the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, the Middle East, Mediterranean, transAtlantic, the Caribbean and Central America.
“As we continue to relaunch our cruise operations and look once again to boldly explore this wonderful world of ours, so many countries remain uncertain in their recovery and ability to fully welcome cruising back at this moment in time,” Crystal said.
“These are the untested waters we find ourselves navigating as we consider plans for the 2022 World Cruise.”
“We do know with near certainty that many of our planned 2022 port calls will not be available including those in Australia and New Zealand,” Crystal warned.
The pending alteration will likely mean Crystal Serenity will skip scheduled port calls in the Oceania region on the 18-night Auckland to Perth segment of the World Cruise, which departs on 21 February 2022. Calls in Picton, Sydney, Eden, Melbourne, Adelaide and Busselton will be dropped, along with a port call in Exmouth on the following Perth to Mumbai segment.
As a substitute, the cruise line said it’s preparing two “potential alternative” Grand Voyages, including an updated Pacific Rim voyage that would link with Crystal Serenity‘s planned port call in Istanbul, Turkey on 16 April 2022, or an eastbound European Capitals cruise, also connecting with Serenity‘s published itinerary in Istanbul on the same date.
Specific details are expected to be announced next month, also coinciding with the unveiling of Crystal’s 2024 World Cruise.
Crystal Symphony early 2022 departures canned
Meanwhile, “the fluctuating travel restrictions of individual countries due to the global pandemic” has been cited as the reason for Crystal to cancel all previously flagged voyages aboard Crystal Symphony from January to March 2022.
“All affected guests, and their travel advisers, are being contacted with details of this cancellation along with their compensation and rebooking options,” Crystal noted. “We encourage all affected guests to contact their travel advisor to assist them in selecting the future voyage/s of their choice, and invite them to visit crystalcruises.com to review the voyage collections for each Crystal experience.”
Crystal Esprit sailings axed until late October
Additionally, Crystal has scrapped all upcoming sailings on its yacht, Crystal Esprit, from now through to 24 October 2021, also due to the pandemic. Those cancellations includes voyages around the Greek Isles and Croatian coastline.
In the meantime, Crystal last week unveiled the latest version of its health and safety protocols onboard its ships, now dubbed Crystal Clear 6.0. It comprises 13 protocols, including ‘Shared Responsibility’ which requires guests to “commit to common-sense precautions, including not travelling when sick”. View the protocols here.