One cruiser reported canceling less than an hour before refund eligibility, but Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and others aren’t budging on refunds.
Thousands of cruisers’ plans were dashed earlier this year when coronavirus shut down the cruise industry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued – and later extended – a no-sail order, which is now set to expire on July 24, though many lines have extended their sailing suspensions past that date. In fact, on Friday, Cruise Lines International Association, the leading trade organization for the global ocean-going cruise industry, said its member cruise lines are voluntarily extending the suspension of U.S. cruise operations until Sept. 15.
While many cruisers have opted for refunds and are waiting to get their money back, some are not likely to see refunds at any point due to cruise line cancellation policies.