Cruise lines that have cancelled services due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
See all the lines that have cancelled cruises because of coronavirus and how passengers will be refunded.
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As of 3 September 2020, the government announced that all international cruises — including trips with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises — are banned from docking into Australian ports until 17 December. This is an extension of the previous ban, which was until mid-June.
All this comes as a response to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the need to stop its spread.
Check which cruise lines have cancelled their services and their refund policies below.
List of cruise lines with cancelled sailings
|Cruise line||Service suspended||Refund policy||More info|
|Ama Waterways||Europe, Africa and Asia river cruises through 31 October 2020.||Full refund or 115% cruise credit. Sail by 31 December 2022||More info|
|APT||Most domestic cruises through to 30 September, international cruises until 31 October||100% future cruise credit. Use by end 2022||More info|
|Avalon Waterways River Cruises||Cruises through to 31 October||Cruises can be moved up until end 2022 with additional bonus credit applied.||More info|
|Azamara||Cruises through 31 October||125% future cruise credit. Rebook by 31 December 2021, sail by April 2022||More info|
|Carnival||Australia cruises through 17 December and Transpacific cruises from 6 October||100% future credit credit + on board credit on next cruise. Must be booked by 31 December 2020 and sail by 31 December 2022. 100% refunds also available on request.||More info|
|Celebrity||Cruises through 31 October||Future cruise credit or 100% refund. Credit valid until 31 December 2021.||More info|
|Costa||Domestic Italian cruises resumed in September 2020. All other cruises cancelled until 30 September||Future cruise credit of up to 150%||More info|
|Cruise and Maritime Voyages||CMV is under administration. All unfulfilled journeys have been cancelled.||Contact your travel agent or payment card issuer.||More info|
|Cunard||Cruises through 25 March 2021||125% cruise credit. Re-book by 31 December 2021||More info|
|Disney Cruise Line||Cruises through to 31 October||Full refund or cruise credit||More info|
|Fred. Olsen Cruise Line||Ocean cruises through 9 December||Future cruise credit valid for up to 24 months.||More info|
|Hurtigruten||Norwegian coastal ships are gradually returning.||Future cruise credit of 125%, plus 10% off your future cruise. Sail by 31 December 2021.||More info|
|Holland America Line||Cruises through to 15 December||125% future cruise credit to anyone who paid in full. Otherwise future cruise credit of double the deposit paid given. FCC valid for 12 months for sailings by end-2022. Full refund also available.||More info|
|MSC||Mediterranean cruises have resumed, all other cruises are staggered to resume from September 2020||Future cruise credit to be used by 31 December 2021.||More info|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||Cruises through 31 October||Full refund or 125% future cruise credit of the amount paid by 25 June. Use by end 2022.||More info|
|Oceania||Cruises through to 26 April 2021||Refund or 100% future cruise credit valid for 12 months. Sail by 31 December 2022||More info|
|P&O||Cruises through 8 January 2021.||Full refund or future cruise credit.||More info|
|Ponant||Cruises through to 31 July. Some cruises are cancelled until October||Future cruise credit||More info|
|Princess||Cruises through to 12 December||Future cruise credit with added benefits or full refund||More info|
|Regent||Cruises through 31 October||Full refund or 100% future cruise credit to use before 31 December 2022||More info|
|Royal Caribbean||Cruises through 31 October||125% future cruise credit. Rebook by 31 December 2021 for cruises up until 30 April 2022.||More info|
|Scenic||River cruises through 31 October for international departures||Up to 110% future cruise credit for travel by 30 June 2023||More info|
|Seabourn||Cruises through January 2021||125% future cruise credit to use within 12 months. Must sail by 31 December 2022. Or 100% refund.||More info|
|Silversea||Cruises through 31 October||125% cruise credit (valid for 2 years) or full refund||More info|
|Tauck||Cruises through 31 July||Cruise credit to be used on any 2020-2021 journey or full refund if travelling before 31 August.||More info|
|Uniworld||Cruises through 30 September||Cruise credit to use on any departures through to 2022||More info|
|Viking||Cruises through 31 December||125% future cruise credit valid for 24 months or full refund of the amount paid||More info|
|Windstar||Cruises suspended until 2021||Full refund or 125% credit for a future cruise||More info|
What should I do if my cruise is cancelled?
Your cruise line or booking agent should contact you if your cruise is cancelled. When they do, they'll outline your options for travel.
This could be a travel credit for the amount that you've paid already, a full refund or an offer to reschedule your sailing to a later date. Some cruise ships will forward on your deposit, others may not.
If you haven't been contacted yet, reach out to your cruise line or booking agent directly to find out your options.
If you've purchased travel insurance, you may be able to claim for select pre-paid experiences such as accommodation and tours. Contact your insurer to confirm what you are and aren't covered for.
Also remember that travel insurance purchases of less than 14 days ago can be cancelled and fully refunded as this is within the cooling-off period.
Which cruise lines are offering last-minute cancellations?
Below is a list of the cruise lines that are letting you cancel your trip in under 48 hours without penalty. When you cancel, you'll either receive a refund or a future cruise credit, depending on the cruise line's policy.
|Cruise line||Cancellation window|
|Azamara||48 hours prior to sailing for cruises sailing on or before 1 September 2020|
|Celebrity Cruises||48 hours prior to sailing|
|Cunard||48 hours prior to sailing for cruises departing before 31 August 2020|
|Disney Cruise Line||24 hours prior to sailing on European cruises departing before 25 July 2020|
|Holland America Line||48 hours prior to sailing for cruises departing before 31 July 2020|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||48 hours prior to sailing|
|MSC||48 hours prior to sailing|
|Oceania Cruises||48 hours prior to sailing|
|Princess Cruises||48 hours prior to sailing for cruises departing before 31 July 2020|
|Regent Seven Seas||48 hours prior to sailing|
|Royal Caribbean||48 hours prior to sailing|
|Seabourn||48 hours prior to sailing for cruises sailing through 31 July 2020|
|Silversea||48 hours prior to sailing|
|Viking||24 hours prior to sailing|
This list is current as at 20 April 2020 and can change at any time. You'll find more details on cancellation fee waivers here.
Are cruise credits or refunds better?
You'll generally get more bang for your buck with a cruise credit. Refunds are often 100% of the amount you've already paid, but some cruise lines might keep your deposit.
More often than not, cruise credits have a greater value attached to them. They can be anything from 110% to 200% of the amount you've paid. However, this does mean that you have to commit to a future cruise. This will generally have a time frame attached to it which might not work for you.
Read the conditions carefully before deciding. You might get more value out of a cruise credit, but if you don't end up using it you might wind up losing it.
What if I booked a flight with my cancelled cruise?
If you purchased a flight and cruise package through the cruise line directly, any payment made for these will generally be included in your refund or go towards your cruise credit, and the flight will be cancelled.
Travellers who booked their flight through a travel agent or through the airline will need to contact them directly. You may be able to cancel it without penalty, however, this will depend on the airline's policy.
Lastly, you may be able to claim the cost of your flight with your travel insurance, as your travels were interrupted by cancellations.
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