KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Four more cruise lines have announced the cancellations of their global cruise schedules through the end of July.
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises this week announced the cancellations, with expectations of resuming operations on Aug. 1.
“The safety, security and well-being of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our number one priority,” stated the Regent Seven Seas’s announcement issued on Wednesday. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and the global health environment.”
The cruise lines’ statements reflected that of Norwegian Cruise Lines, which also announced earlier this week that it was canceling its July sailings.
The announcements affect several cruise ships that had up to that point remained on the Ketchikan port call calender for July.
In addition to NCL’s Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Jewel, Celebrity’s Solstice, Millennium and Eclipse; Oceania’s Regatta; Regent Seven Seas’ Seven Seas Mariner; and Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas had anticipated visiting Ketchikan in July.
Vessels remaining on the July calendar include the American Cruise Line’s American Constellation (175 passengers), Silver Seas’ Silver Muse (623 passengers), Lindblad Expeditions’ NG Sea Lion (70 passengers), Ponant’s Le Soleal (260 passengers) and Alaskan Dream Cruises’ Chichagof Dream (76 passengers) and Kruzof Explorer (12 passengers).
The Regent Seven Seas’ announcement said the cruise line is “committed to taking all appropriate steps and actions to combat the spread of COVID-19 and are working closely and in partnership with local, state, federal and global agencies. “While this may result in additional future changes, please know our teams are working around the clock to do what is right by our guests and travel partners,” stated the announcement.