Published on : Thursday, May 28, 2020
Victory Cruise Lines recently announced that it has decided to cancel all planned itineraries for the remainder of the 2020 season due to continued active cases of coronavirus and prolonged governmental restrictions and uncertainties of future travel through Canadian waters.
The cruise lines said that during its hiatus it will continue to focus on various efforts it would require to restart operations for the upcoming 2021 season. The cruise line has already planned to launch the new Ocean Victory in Alaska as well as brand new itineraries on the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes, New England and the Southeastern U.S.
The 2021 itineraries will also include the 12-day and 13-day ‘Discover beyond Alaska’ Expedition Cruises on the upcoming Ocean Victory between Vancouver, B.C. and Sitka, Alaska. The Victory I and Victory II will also make a return with refreshed routes. It would include a 12-day Southeastern U.S. cruise that sails roundtrip to Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach). Victory would also announce plans for new winter itineraries for both the Victory I and Victory II.
John Waggoner, Founder and CEO, American Queen Steamboat Company (owner of Victory) said in a statement though the decision to suspend service for 2020 was a difficult and disappointing choice, it was also inevitable due to the uncertainties of Canadian travel in the forthcoming months. He informed that while the company is anticipating to resume operations, it will also utilise the time to implement cutting-edge health and safety protocols.
He mentioned that the cruise line will focus on the new and exciting itineraries for next year including the Ocean Victory in Alaska. He also said that the health, safety and confidence of guests, crew and partners is the company’s utmost priority, and hence it will return in 2021 stronger and better than ever.
All guests booked to sail on the Victory I or Victory II in 2020 would require no action from their end. The VCL customer service team will reach out directly to guests and travel agents in the coming days to answer queries and advise on available options. The cruise lines is offering the choice of rebooking on a later date, a 125% cruise credit and even a full refund according to the convenience of the guests.