Celestyal Cruises, a company offering cruises to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, has announced the further suspension of its operations until the start of the 2021 cruise season that will commence on March 6.
“As the core of our season runs from spring through the autumn, we were optimistic that we would be able to resume our cruise operations later this summer. However, given the prevailing uncertainty regarding travel restrictions through the balance of our operating season from our largest international source markets, coupled with the continuing discussions at a European Union level regarding the enhanced health protocols that will apply to EU cruise operations, we have made the difficult but prudent decision to postpone resuming cruise operations until the scheduled start of our normal spring season next year,” said Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer for Celestyal Cruises.
By voluntarily pausing operations until its scheduled departures next year, Celestyal will be better positioned to offer more clarity and certainty to its valued partners and guests, as well as peace of mind.
“We will now shift our full attention to developing both 2021 and 2022 business, where we are seeing encouraging signs of pent-up demand and be well prepared to implement all enhanced health protocols that will ultimately be established by the EU and the countries where we operate,” Peden added.
Celestyal was one of the first cruise lines worldwide that immediately took the decision to temporarily suspend cruise operations to protect its guests, crew and local communities.. This decisive action resulted in no COVID-19 cases on its ships.
For all individual guests impacted by this suspension, Celestyal Cruises offers a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 120 percent of the original booking value. Guests will have until the end of December 2021 to redeem their FCC for any of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries through the end of December 2022.
To provide additional peace of mind, should guests choose not to redeem their FCC by the end of December 2021, they will automatically receive a full refund equal to the original amount paid to Celestyal upon the voucher’s expiration.