Celebrity cruises have become one of the most prominent holidays for the rich and famous. But with the rise of affordable luxury, the number of passengers on these luxury cruises has declined. This summer, high-end cruise line Oceania announced that it would shut down its business—leaving passengers searching for alternatives to their beloved cruises, or having to cancel their trips altogether.
The world’s second-largest cruise line, Princess Cruises, announced last week that the brand will resume operations from January 2019 to April 2023. However, rather than sail from its US port headquarters in Galveston, Texas, the vessel will continue to return to its home in Australia.
Cunard Line announces new international itineraries to succeed domestic services on the Queen Elizabeth ship from July 2023. The cruise line had been suspended since March 2023, but now cruise ships are finally returning to the UK. There are more cancellations for 2023.
The Cunard Line is back!
The Queen Elizabeth will be back in service from 19. July 2023, operating intra-British flights from the port of Southampton. From the 13th. In October 2023, the ship will also begin operating longer international cruises to the Iberian coast and Canary Islands. The ship will then be refurbished and cruises previously scheduled in Japan from 13. Resume in April 2023.
More good news from Cunard: The Queen Mary 2 will be launched on the 14th. November 2023, initially with a transatlantic crossing. She will sail in the Caribbean from January to April 2023. The 24th. The ship will then resume regular flight operations in April 2023. The cruise industry should be back to normal by then.
Simon Palethorpe, chairman of Cunard, said: The crew of the Queen Elizabeth and I will be on the 19th. July to welcome guests aboard as we finally set sail again. It will be a momentous day for Cunard, as after a long hiatus we will finally get back to doing what we love – welcoming guests to a fantastic holiday. To say we are impatient would be an understatement!
The Queen Victoria will be launched on the 22nd. April 2023 in Western Europe, the Baltic States and the Iberian coast. However, this means that the ship will remain on standby until that date and Cunard will cancel many scheduled flights. In addition, the ship will be launched on the 20th. The airport will resume normal operations in May 2023.
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Now that Cunard has announced its intention to resume cruises on each of its ships, cancellations continue around the world.
Palethorpe continued: Unfortunately, the way back to international waters is not so clear, and we regret that the cancellation of the flights is a great disappointment for all customers involved. Unfortunately, there are just too many international ports that are called upon by the current complexity of COVID-19, which unfortunately led to this decision.
We are very excited about the new itineraries mentioned, such as the Queen Mary 2 sailing in the Caribbean, and we hope they will appeal to those looking for the long-awaited winter sun and those looking for adventure later this year and in 2023.
Here are the dates of the fleet cancellations:
- The Queen Elizabeth flies between the UK and Australia and the Australian season is from 18. October 2023 to 9. March 2023.
- The 2023 world tours on the ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria have been cancelled.
- The voyage of the Queen Victoria from 10. September 2023 to 29. The month of April 2023 has been deleted.
- However, five flights from the Queen Victoria will be rescheduled for identical flights on the sister ship Queen Elizabeth. These flights are V126, V128, V129, V130 and V201.
The affected customers will automatically receive a 125% credit from Cunard for future cruises. It is also possible to request a 100% refund if the trip is no longer needed.
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