Royal Caribbean cancels an additional 14 sailings in Aussie and NZ pause extension

23th December 2018, Sydney NSW Australia: Rear of a Ovation of the seas Royal Caribbean International cruise ship with logo and Sydney Opera house in background

Royal Caribbean International has extended its Australian and New Zealand sailing suspension to the end of January, leading to the cancellation of 14 sailings.

The cruise line will be extending its cruise pause past the 17 December date set by the Australian government for the lifting of the human biosecurity emergency period, to include all Aussie and New Zealand sailings on or before 31 January 2021.

“Our primary goal continues to be a healthy return to service for our guests, crew and the communities we visit and we are working closely with local health and government authorities towards this shared goal,” the cruise line said in a statement.

“We will be reaching out to our guests and travel partners to share further details and address any questions or concerns. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may cause.”

Four sailings will be cancelled on board Ovation of the Seas: the nine-night New Zealand sailing departing on 4 January, the five-night Tasmania sailing departing on 13 January, the 11-night New Zealand sailing departing on 18 January, and the nine-night South Pacific departing on 29 January.

Voyager of the Seas will have three trips cancelled: the 13-night South Pacific sailing departing on 6 January, the 11-night South Pacific sailing departing on 19 January, and the 12-night South Pacific (Fiji) sailing departing on 30 January.

Serenade of the Seas will have three sailings cancelled: the nine-night South Pacific sailing departing on 12 January, the 10-night New Zealand sailing departing on 21 January, and the 10-night New Zealand sailing departing on 30 January.

Finally, four sailings will be cancelled on board Radiance of the Seas: the 11-night South Pacific (Fiji) sailing departing on 4 January, the three-night Sampler sailing departing on 15 January, the nine-night South Pacific sailing departing on 18 January, and the seven-night Great Barrier Reef sailing departing on 27 January.

Featured image: iStock/Julien Viry

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