Marella Cruises is to retire its ship Marella Dream after a decade with the fleet.
All sailings on the ship from October 26, 2021, and beyond have been cancelled, with all affected customers are being notified, the line said.
Affected customers will have the option to amend to any cruise currently on sale for free with a 10% booking incentive, or cancel and receive a full refund.
Those booked on Marella Dream for summer 2021 will have their booking automatically moved to Marella Discovery, which will now sail from Palma instead of Port Canaveral, Florida, covering the Marella Dream’s Mediterranean itineraries.
As a consequence, the Tui-owned line has cancelled all its USA sailings for Marella Discovery in summer 2021, impacting itineraries including Sunshine and Jazz, Sunshine State and Sands, American Dream, Big Apple Adventure, Floridian Adventures and East Coast Adventure.
All impacted customers will be proactively contacted and offered the opportunity to amend their booking for free with a 10% incentive, or cancel and receive a full refund.
As a result of the ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding future cruises, Marella Cruises is offering customers due to depart between November 16, 2020, and March 31, 2021, free amendments to any Tui holiday currently on sale as long as they do so before October 31, 2020.
Chris Hackney, managing director of Marella Cruises, said: “With the ongoing travel restrictions for UK cruise lines still in place, we’ve taken the difficult decision to reshape our cruise programme for the upcoming seasons.
“That means an early retirement for Marella Dream after ten years of service and the redeployment of Marella Discovery from the US to Europe. We appreciate the continued uncertainty surrounding travel and, to give our customers added peace of mind, we’re offering increased flexibility to amend their cruises to any TUI holiday on sale for free. We know our customers look forward to their holidays with us – maybe now more so than ever – so this means customers can still plan and get excited for their dream holiday at a later date.
“While the current circumstances have meant we’ve had to make changes to our programme, there’s still a range of amazing itineraries for customers to enjoy. We’ve been working hard to implement new health & safety measures to protect customers and crew while they’re sailing with us and we can’t wait to welcome our customers back onboard soon.”
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