Amid the possibility to welcome guests aboard a few ships on October 1, Royal Caribbean Group revealed that they would be postponing their return until November 1. The sailings in question were to originate from Australia and New Zealand.
According to Cruise Radio, Australia has a ban which prevents cruise ships from operating in their waters. Originally issued in March, the order was extended in May and currently extends through September 17.
Royal Caribbean’s announcement comes as several divisions of the Carnival Corporation have disclosed their own Australian cancellations as well. But while Royal Caribbean Group is only pushing their sailings back by several weeks, both P&O Cruises Australia and Princess Cruises are extending their suspension of sailings from the area to early December.
In what has become a familiar story by now, those who were set to sail on the now-cancelled sailings will have the option of a full cash refund or a 125% future cruise credit.
Royal Caribbean’s decision comes only days after similar announcements were made by several other cruise lines. The biggest difference is that while Royal Caribbean hopes to be sailing again by November 1, both P&O Cruises Australia and Princess Cruises are not planning a return until early December.