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More Marella Cruises cancelled, other cruise lines delay re-start


Marella Cruises has cancelled all European sailings until 31 March and all long-haul cruises until 30 April 2021.

Fred. Olsen has also delayed the restart of its cruises from 23 April to 22 May. This is the date its new ship, Borealis, will set sail to Iceland from Liverpool. Bolette will sail from Dover on 29 May, followed by Balmoral from Edinburgh on 9 June.

Royal Caribbean has suspended cruises until 30 April 30, including Spectrum of the Seas from February 16-28, but excluding Quantum of the Seas.

Celebrity Cruises has cancelled cruises until 30 April 30 as well as its 1 May transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex.

Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation are suspended until October.

Silversea Cruises has suspended operations until 1 April and Azamara until 30 April.

TUI-owned Marella said the following cruises are the latest to be cancelled:

·       Explorer sailings from Tenerife and Las Palmas from 3 February up to and including 31 March 

·       Explorer 2 sailings from Barbados from 3 February up to and including 30 April 

·       Discovery sailings from Málaga on 3 February and from Montego Bay, Jamaica up to and including 30 April 

·       Discovery 2 sailings from Paphos from 23rd March up to and including 31 March 


Marella Cruises said it is contacting all customers whose bookings are affected.


Will I get a refund?

You are entitled to a full refund if your cruise is cancelled.


However, to persuade you to re-book, Marella is offering a re-booking incentive if your new holiday is more expensive.


It is also offering an incentive if you choose to take a refund credit note instead.


Are credit notes safe?

Refund credit notes issued up to 31 January 2021 come with the same financial protection as your holiday booking.


In other words, if Marella (or TUI) goes bust before or during your cruise, you’ll get your money back.


Refund credit notes issued after 31 January might not be protected. The Civil Aviation Authority which manages the holiday financial protection scheme has yet to confirm this.



Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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