If the current omicron surge has you flashing back to earlier in the pandemic, this news won't help matters.
Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, has canceled a slate of cruises on the Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Infinity, and Celebrity Eclipse though March. In the case of the Celebrity Eclipse, sailings won't begin again until the end of April.
And after an initial round of cancellations, Norwegian Cruise Line recently said it would halt sailings on five more ships thanks to COVID-19. The new cancellations affect sailings of the Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Pearl scheduled to depart as late as Jan. 22.
Royal Caribbean also recently said it was pausing operations on multiple ships and canceling some cruises. Five ships — Vision of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas — have been affected so far, including a just-canceled Jan. 22 sailing on Independence of the Seas. Vision of the Seas has been used to quarantine positive crew members.
Norwegian previously canceled trips on eight ships, a few scheduled to set sail as far in the future as late April.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been investigating more than 90 ships over COVID-19 outbreaks. The CDC, which has recommended that even vaccinated people avoid cruises for the time being, starts an investigation if 0.1% of passengers test positive for the coronavirus.
Still, the CDC's guidance recently became voluntary for most cruise lines when its extended conditional sailing order expired Jan. 15. The agency's rules have required 95% of crew and passengers to be fully vaccinated under most circumstances. It remains to be seen whether any major cruise lines will opt out of that guidance.
Not all cruise lines have set anchor on upcoming trips. Carnival Cruises, for instance, has not yet canceled voyages because of omicron.
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