In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, overnight on March 6, 2020 cruise lines have changed their cancellation policies to make booking a cruise less of a financial risk should fears of becoming ill continue to grow.
Norwegian Cruise Line and competitor RoyalCaribbean International both introduced a 48-hour cancellation policy. Dubbed “Peace of Mind” for Norwegian and “Cruise with Confidence” for RoyalCaribbean, the cruise companies will allow you to cancel your sailing up to 48 hours before departure for a full refund by way of a credit to use on a future cruise. Norwegian‘s policy allows your credit to be used until December 31, 2022 while RCL’s is valid through December 31, 2021.
Currently, Carnival Cruise Line hasn’t amended their cancellation policy.
Cruise Lines aren’t just offering refunds, which normally decreased in value closer to sailing beginning at 180 days prior, to entice travelers to book. Norwegian is offering all guests free open bar, free fare for kids, free WiFi, $50 excursion credit and between $100 and $1,000 onboard credit (depending on cabin booked). Some Norwegian sailings also offer free roundtrip airfare.
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