German-market brand AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corp. has cancelled all its US and Canadian port calls until the end of the year – the most radical decision yet by a large cruise brand in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic.
AIDA said that “as a result of the continuing effects of the coronavirus, the conditions for international travel to the USA and Canada are not yet in place.
AIDA observed that all cruise ship calls in Canada were banned until October 31st, while the US had imposed a travel ban on foreigners who have recently been in the EU. This meant that European passengers could not currently fly to the US to meet a ship for boarding.
AIDA said that all trips planned for 2020 with port calls in the US and Canada could not therefore take place. Guests who have booked an affected trip will be informed, and they may opt for a cash reimbursement or a future cruise credit valued at 10% more than the original fare.
Meanwhile, AIDA has extended its shutdown in all other markets through to July 31st. It said that it was working hard on achieving a timely restart when EU travel restrictions eased.
AIDA’s decision follows a similar announcement from Hornblower subsidiary Victory Cruise Lines (VCL), which operates two Bahamian-flagged vessels on the Great Lakes.