Norwegian Cruise Line ships will not sail before July at the earliest

Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled sailings until July 1st, extending the shut-down from its previous announcement of mid-May. Sister brands, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have done the same. The announcement of the cancellations came on Friday April 24th.

Together, Norwegian, Oceania and Regent operate 28 ships with nearly 60,000 berths. The three lines are offering passengers on the affected sailings a choice of a full refund or a future cruise credit for 125% of the amount they paid.

However, potential refund seekers have to submit their request between May 7th and May 13th. If they fail to do so, they will be given credits automatically.

Although Norwegian Cruise Lines hoped for the ships to return to service on July 1st, this appeared somewhat optimistic, particularly since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a no-sail order for cruise ships operating in US waters, running until July 24th.

Most of the major cruise ports around the world are currently closed to international cruises.