Royal Caribbean independence of the seas canceled three departures from Port Canaveral in Florida, including two charter cruises that were scheduled to depart on January 14 and 22, 2022. Guests have been notified of the cancellations.
independence of the seas Cruise Cancellations
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is not leaving its home port of Port Canaveral as the cruise line has canceled three sailings. The January 14 charter cruise, a short trip departing January 22, and another charter cruise on January 24, 2022, will no longer operate due to COVID-related concerns.
independence of the seas was originally scheduled to depart today on the highly anticipated eight-day The SuperCruise XIV. The ship was to make stops in Aruba, Curacao and Bimini and be a dedicated cruise for those interested in jazz, soul, comedy, gospel and funk!
Capital Jazz, which chartered the vessel for the special voyage, had previously informed guests on January 7, 2022, with a statement on its website saying, “The SuperCruise program scheduled for January 14-22, 2022 has been canceled due to the CDC’s recently issued Level 4 Cruise Ship Alert. If you have booked for Cruise 2022, please check your inbox for more later in the day for more details on refunds.
The following Jan. 22 two-night departure from Port Canaveral is also cancelled. This was a short trip to Royal Caribbean’s private island of Perfect Day at Cococay in the Bahamas. The cruise line has sent a communication to affected customers, “Due to current COVID-related circumstances, Royal Caribbean International is canceling the -2 nights of January 22, 2022, sailing aboard Independence of the Seas.”
The cruise line continued to say, “Unfortunately, this means your booking will be cancelled. We know how much time and effort goes into planning your holiday, and we are sorry for the impact on your plans. We hope you take advantage of the options below. below and that you will find another navigation to reach us.
The second charter cruise departing January 24, 2022 is also cancelled. The K-Love cruise will no longer take place as announced by the company: “Over the past few months, we’ve worked diligently with our friends at Royal Caribbean to make this year’s K-LOVE cruise the best ever. We’ve been counting the days until we can be together. As anyone who has sailed with us knows that there are many things that make the K-LOVE cruise unique – the concerts, the worship, the fellowship – we are a close family of friends forever. Unfortunately, current health and wellness challenges make it impossible to deliver the K-LOVE Cruise experience at this time.
The five-day K-Love cruise was set to sail in the Bahamas and include stops in Nassau, CocoCay and Freeport before returning Jan. 29 to Port Canaveral.
The situation remains fluid
Both cancellations are due to COVID-related issues, the only reason provided by the cruise line. In recent weeks, several Royal Caribbean cruise ships have been turned away from ports despite the limited number of cases on board. Some cruise ports are also changing entry requirements to protect residents of the Omicron variant.
Royal Caribbean has already worked hard to reduce the number of cases among crew by transferring infected people to other ships in the fleet, which are used to house any positive crew members.
The situation remains fluid, but the cruise continues in complete safety, with the support of the director of the CDC during a recent Senate Hearing Committee. Royal Caribbean has also extended its Cruise with Confidence program through March 2022.
Four Royal Caribbean cruise ships have already temporarily suspended their operations to ensure the safety of guests and crew. Norwegian Cruise Line has also canceled multiple sailings for most of its fleet due to the COVID situation affecting the cruise industry.
independence of the seas will resume service from Port Canaveral on January 29, 2022, with a short two-night trip to Perfect Day in CocoCay, Bahamas.