Covid-19 causes Cunard to rearrange schedules for February to May 2022

The leisure industry in shipping was the most severely impacted by Covid-19, and the shocks of the pandemic continue to be felt. Southampton-based Cunard, owned by Carnival Corp since 1998, has announced that a series of new itineraries sailing on its cruise ship Queen Elizabeth (IMO 9477438) between February and May 2022, tickets for which will go on sale this month.

All sailings will depart from Southampton and will include a voyage in search of the Northern Lights, journeys to the Canary Islands and the Western Mediterranean as well as a grand voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and on to Vancouver, Canada.

The new itineraries will replace the existing published schedule.

Cunard said that it was continuing to work very closely with authorities in all the destinations visited to ensure compliance with local health and entry requirements. However, it said that, based on the most recent advice for cruise guests, and given the complexities of many of the international destinations involved, it was not viable to maintain Queen Elizabeth ‘s existing schedule. This meant that all previously scheduled departures from February 20th to May 17th 2022 inclusive had been cancelled.

2010-built, Bermuda-flagged, 90,901 gt Queen Elizabeth is owned by Cunard Line Ltd and managed by Carnival PLC, both of Southampton, UK. It is entered with the clubs Steamship Mutual and UK P&I.