Royal Caribbean cancels all Imaginative and prescient of the Seas cruises from Bermuda

Royal Caribbean’s restart plans in 2021 have hit another snag as the entire summer season is canceled for a second ship.

The cruise line announced that the Vision of the Seas 2021 summer season from Bermuda will now be officially canceled.

This concerns the departures of the Vision of the Seas Bermuda between June 26th and August 28th 2021.

In an email, Royal Caribbean said the past few weeks have been “stormy” and that “recent talks have resulted in a promising move for the cruise industry and are the necessary stepping stones to getting Royal Caribbean back”.

Royal Caribbean sees the likelihood that cruises returning to the US will improve day by day, “and thus US travelers increasingly prefer more direct access to the ports of departure.”

Those taking canceled cruises have a few options for compensation:

125% credit for future cruises: 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC), based on the total cruise price paid per guest, and will be issued automatically on or before June 18, 2021. Taxes, fees, and any pre-purchased amenities or onboard packages are automatically refunded to the original payment method within 45 days of the cancellation date.

Full refund: Refund of the amount paid per guest if this option is selected on or before June 30, 2021. Guests can expect a refund to their original method of payment within 45 days of the cancellation date.

Vision of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s second cruise ship whose entire summer 2021 restart season was canceled after Israel’s Odyssey of the Seas cruises were canceled.

She was supposed to sail from Bermuda and offer 7-night cruises until Perfect Day on CocoCay.

With the announcement, there are now only three ships left with firm restart plans for the summer of 2021: Adventure of the Seas from the Bahamas, Anthem of the Seas from England and Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus.

Some travel agents I’ve spoken to seem to believe that a major cause of Vision’s cancellation was poor sales, but the cruise line didn’t state whether it was or not.

In an email to guests, Royal Caribbean said, “An overwhelming number of guests have reached out to tell us that they are waiting in anticipation of our US debut.”

In April, Royal Caribbean began subsidizing airfare to Bermuda for Vision of the Seas cruises, with prices as low as $ 99 from New York.

When making the announcement, Royal Caribbean said they would run the risk of subsidizing tariffs to get bookings going.

Official statement

Royal Caribbean made a statement to the media about why they canceled Vision’s crossings.

“As we get back to sailing, we will continue to strive to deliver unforgettable vacations that are shaped by valuable feedback from our guests and travel partners. The likelihood that cruises will set sail from the US this summer is greater every day, and thus US travelers are increasingly showing a preference for more direct access to the ports of departure. “

“The decision was made to cancel the summer season of Vision of the Seas from Bermuda. Although we no longer port home from the island nation, we are still looking forward to bringing our guests to Bermuda on multiple ships from the Royal Caribbean fleet like we did. ” When we return to cruising, our close partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Bermuda Tourism Authority will still be focused on working towards the common goal of getting the community back on its feet by revitalizing local tourism. “

“We’re reaching out to guests and travel partners affected by this change to help them with their options. This cancellation has no effect on other open deployments. “

Cruise fans react

News of Vision’s cancellation quickly spread among cruise fans, along with speculation as to why the decision was made.

On the message boards of RoyalCaribbeanBlog, CGTLH thinks the decision makes sense given the logistical issues this itinerary is facing: “Sailing north-south along the Atlantic during hurricane season. Seems like just a recipe for sailing delays and cancellations. Add to the mix the implied need of Freeport of provisions and fuel added. ” Loading. Seems like there are too many bits that could have gone wrong. “

twangster “The shipping companies all seem convinced that a restart in the US is imminent. They know something we don’t know.”