Cruise lines increase their cancellation policies

   March 21, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Several major cruise shipping companies increased their cancellation policies in order to encourage clients to book. 

Whilst some cruise lines allow late and close-to-sailing booking cancellations on bookings through to March 31, this current year, HAL-Holland America has gone a step further and extended its ‘Flexible Cancellation Plan’ until May 31, 2022. Cancellations have to be made up to 30 days prior to departure. Refunds for the canceled bookings will be given in the form of FCCs (future cruise credits). Final payments for any 2022 European voyage made on/after March 15, 2022, will be due 60 days before departure rather than 75 or 90 days.

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Celebrity Cruises extended its ‘Cruise with  Confidence’ program for passengers booked on/before March 31, 2022, for itineraries through to September 30, 2022. Passengers can cancel up to 48 hours prior to embarkation with the full amount refunded in the form of an FCC (future cruise credit) that has 12 months validity from the original date of departure. 

MSC Cruises in America extended its flexible booking policy. Any passenger who is booked before March 31, 2022 and departing on/before March 31, 2023, can make changes to their booking up to 48 hours prior to departure. Any passenger who chooses to cancel their booking can apply for their money as an FCC (future cruise credit) for any departure scheduled to depart on/before March 31, 2023. The cancellation policy doesn't apply to world cruises/world cruise segments.

Princess Cruises updated its ‘Book with Confidence’ program and now any passenger who cancels a booking made on/before March 31, 2022, for sailings departing on/before September 30, 2022, will receive an FCC (Future Cruise Credit) that can be used up to 12 months after it was issued.

RCI-Royal Caribbean International’s ‘Cruise with Confidence Program’ is available for any journey due to depart on/before September 30, 2022, provided it is booked on/before March 31, 2022. Cancellations are permitted up to 48 hours prior to the embarkation date. Anyone who cancels can receive the full paid fare amount back as an FCC (Future Cruise Credit) that can be used for any voyage due for departure within 12 months of the original date.