Marella Cruises has extended its cancellations up to 15 November due to ‘ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions’.
The TUI-owned cruise line had planned to restart cruises on 1 October but it said today that it had ‘taken the difficult decision’ to pause them for longer.
All customers whose bookings are affected can amend their bookings for free with a 10% incentive of the total value of their original booking, or receive a credit note for up to 110% of the cost of the cruise, or claim a full cash refund.
The UK Foreign Office is continuing to advise British travellers not to take any ocean-going cruises due to the risk of coronavirus.
MSC Cruises became the first major cruise line to relaunch cruises earlier this month, but they’re only available to passengers from Schengen countries, so British guests are barred.
One family was booted off MSC’s first cruise on the MSC Grandiosa for a breach of new health and safety protocols.
MSC has since announced it is postponing the relaunch of its second ship, the MSC Magnifica, from 29 August until 26 September due to a fall in demand from Italians who were, it seems, put off by Covid-19 tests introduced at Greek ports of call.