Royal Caribbean Cruises stretches sailings suspension until June

A global suspension of sailings due to the coronavirus crisis was further extended by Royal Caribbean Cruises on Thursday.

The latest move means that all cruises have been cancelled until June 11 – effectively meaning a three-month shutdown of operations by the owner of brands such as Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea.

It is the second time the cruise line group has lengthened the period of cruise suspensions.

Services were first suspended by the world’s second largest cruise company on March 15 until April 11, before that date was put back on March 24 until May 12.

The company said: “Given global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has decided to extend the suspension of sailings of our global fleet through June 11, 2020.

“We are working with our guests to address this disruption to their vacations, and we are genuinely sorry for their inconvenience.

“We expect to return to service on June 12.”

The latest action came 24 hours after the group announced a 26% cut in its 5,000-strong US workforce.

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