Cruise with Confidence: Plan a Trip with Flexible Travel Policies

Cruise lines introduce flexible booking policies
Book confidently with flexible policies from cruise lines - Photo by Royal Caribbean International

The time will soon come when we are ready to go back out and cruise again. As we start to make plans during this downtime, spending time booking your next trip is a great way to have something to look forward to in the future. 

Cruise lines across the board have introduced flexible booking policies for voyages over the next few months. These policies can give you peace of mind knowing when you consider booking a cruise this summer and fall, you can be confident that for any reason, you can change your plans in a short amount of time prior to embarkation. Each of these new policies offers the ability for guests to receive a credit to reschedule a new voyage spanning months to years out. Below, we’ve outlined all of these new booking policies from the major cruise lines to help give you all of the options for planning your next trip. (Updated March 31, 2020)

Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation has instituted temporary policies for all of its lines that allow for flexible modifications for sailings booked throughout 2020. By brand the policies are:

Carnival Cruise passengers booked on any cruise between May-September 2020 may cancel up to 30 days prior to their sailing and receive a Future Cruise Credit which can be used to rebook a cruise within one year of the original sail date. 

Costa is allowing guests booked on sailings through November 2020, to change their reservation 48 hours before departure. Guests canceling will receive a Future Cruise Credit that can be used on any sailing through November 2021. 

Cunard guests with bookings before August 31, 2020, can cancel up to 48 hours before departure and will receive a Future Cruise Credit which can be redeemed for any Cunard sailing through March 2022. 

Holland America Line and Seabourn's ‘Book with Confidence’ policy will allow guests on any sailing up to July 31, 2020, to cancel up to 48 hours before departure, and any booking between August 1 - October 15, 2020, to cancel up to 30 days prior to sailing. Guests canceling will receive a Future Cruise Credit equal to the amount of the non-refundable portion of their cancellation fees which can be used on any cruise by December 31, 2020. 

Princess Cruises’ ‘Cruise with Confidence’ allows passengers booked May 11 - July 31, 2020, to cancel up to 48 hours before sailing, and guests booked August 1-October 15, 2020 can cancel up to 30 days before sailing. Guests canceling reservations on Princess will receive a Future Cruise Credit that can be used on any cruise departing by December 31, 2021.  

Crystal Cruises 

The Crystal Confidence program applies to existing and new bookings made on Ocean, River, Yacht, and Expedition. This new policy is effective immediately and allows for cancelation up to 7 days prior to the start of the first service to receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit. All future cruise credits can be applied to sailings through the end of 2022.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is allowing guests booked on sailings through May 31, 2020, to change their reservation up to the day before departure. Guests canceling will receive a 100% cruise credit that must be used within 12 months of their original sailing date. Guests on any Disney Magic European sailing through July 25, 2020, can change their reservation up until the day before embarkation and receive a 100% cruise credit.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises instituted a Cruise Assurance Policy that allows guests booked through July 31, 2020, to cancel up to 48 hours prior to embarkation. Guests who cancel will be given a Future Cruise Credit that can be used on any MSC cruise before December 31, 2021. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Peace of Mind’ allows cancellations prior to 48 hours before sailing for all new and existing bookings through September 30, 2020. A 100% future cruise credit will be offered to canceled guests which may be redeemed on any Norwegian sailing embarking on or before December 31, 2022. 

Oceania Cruises’ Travelers Assurance Program allows guests to cancel up to 48 hours prior to any cruise departure up to September 30, 2020 for a Future Cruise Credit equal to 100% of the cruise fare paid. This credit can be redeemed for any cruise up to December 31, 2022.  

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Regent Reassurance policy allows for cancellations 48 before sailing for any cruise through September 30, 2020. Cruisers canceling will receive a 100 percent Future Cruise Credit that can be used on any voyage through December 31, 2022, and applies to all reservations made by April 30, 2020. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. lines, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara, have all instituted ‘Cruise with Confidence’ which allows guests to cancel up to 48 before any sailing departing through September 1, 2020. Travelers that cancel will receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit for the full amount of the original cruise built which can be used to book any future sailing through December 31, 2021. 

Silversea’s ‘Cruise with Confidence’ will allow cancellations up to 48 hours before sailing on any cruise before July 31, 2020, for all existing and future bookings. Those who cancel will receive a full credit for their fare that can be used on a future cruise in 2020 or 2021. For all existing and future bookings August 1 - December 31, 2020 guests will have a chance to cancel their booking up to 30 days before departure and receive a 100% cash refund.

Viking Cruises 

Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises’ ‘Risk-Free Guarantee’ allows guests to change their cruise date up until 24 hours before their planned departure with all fees waived. This offer covers all Viking reservations that are made by April 30, 2020. Guests will have 24 months to select their new date and use their Future Cruise Voucher to make a new reservation on any river, ocean or expedition cruise.

 

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