Cruise lines with ships operating Asia itineraries have been scrambling this month to reroute their ships because of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
All cruise ships are skipping ports in China, while some are also avoiding other ports in Asia like Singapore and Japan.
MSC Cruises has altered the itinerary of its MSC Bellissima's Grand Voyage to Asia. The sailing from March 21 to April 18 will now bypass ports of call in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Canceled visits include Shenzhen in mainland China, Hong Kong; and Keelung, Taiwan. The line has added to the itinerary Laem Chabang/Bangkok, Thailand; Phu My/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and an extra day in Kobe, Japan. The ship will also stop at Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates, instead of Khor Fakkan, also in the UAE.
Princess said that the Sapphire Princess will redeploy from China to Australia six months earlier than previously planned, with 44 new cruises from five major cities. Itineraries for the year-long Australia program will be revealed Feb. 27. The ship had been scheduled to be based in Shangahi from July through October.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) said it its brands were offering complimentary cruises to
emergency responders in Australia and the U.S. using ships that were previously scheduled to sail in China and Asia, the Spectrum of the Seas and the Celebrity Millennium. The Spectrum is being deployed to Australia and the Millennium to the West Coast of the U.S.
Celebrity also made changes to the Celebrity Constellation's itinerary on its upcoming March 2 and 17 sailings, replacing its embarkation and disembarkation in Singapore with Dubai.
Carnival Australia said its South Pacific cruises on the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit that were scheduled to call at the islands of Lifou, Mare or Isle of Pines in New Caledonia are instead visiting ports in Vanuatu, because New Caledonia has temporarily declined cruise ship visits.
Norwegian Cruise Line canceled all of the Norwegian Spirit's Asia itineraries from April 15 through December
Cunard changed the itinerary for the both the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Mary 2 will skip its call in Singapore next week and will instead divert to Western Australia, docking in the city of Fremantle on Feb. 18. The ship will then sail to Darwin and Yorkeys Knob, Australia, before resuming its originally scheduled itinerary from Airlie Beach. The Queen Elizabeth is no longer calling at Hong Kong on March 31 or Shanghai on April 4. Cunard said details of the ship's revised itineraries are forthcoming.
Seabourn said the Seabourn Ovation will change its Feb. 29 disembarkation and departure from Hong Kong to Singapore. The ship will skip all calls in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau through March 14. The Seabourn Sojourn will no longer call at Hong Kong on April 3 and itinerary revisions are being worked out.
The Feb. 15 departure of Silversea's Silver Spirit was changed from Hong Kong to Manila. The rest of the itinerary remains the same.
Princes Cruises canceled all Diamond Princess departures through March 12.
Royal Caribbean canceled two sailings on the Quantum of the
Seas that were due to depart Singapore this month, one on Feb. 15 and the other
leaving Feb. 24.
Regent Seven seas said it will replace the Seven Seas
Voyager's scheduled stop in Hong Kong on Feb. 28 with another port, yet to be
Costa Cruises' three ships that were offering cruises from
China -- the Costa Atlantica, Costa Venezia and Costa Serena -- have suspended
operations through March.
This report was updated Feb. 18 with new information about cancellations and repositionings.