PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — COVID-19 has caused another cruise cancelation out of Port Canaveral.
Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas vessel notified passengers Friday that a two-day cruise to its private island in the Bahamas won’t be happening next weekend.
The ship was originally scheduled Friday to depart on a chartered cruise, but that voyage was canceled earlier this week.
Independence of the Seas returned to Port Canaveral on Friday to allow passengers to disembark. It will be weeks before new passengers can board the ship.
On Wednesday, Channel 9 reported Royal Caribbean cancelled two chartered cruises aboard the Independence of the Seas scheduled for January.
This afternoon, guests were emailed about another voyage that was to sail between those two chartered excursions.
The company said, “As a result of ongoing COVID-related circumstances, Royal Caribbean International is cancelling the 2-night January 22, 2022 sailing onboard Independence of the Seas.”
In addition to an apology, Royal Caribbean is offering passengers who planned to cruise the Independence of the Seas next weekend a full refund or a 125% credit on a future cruise.
Royal Caribbean also announced several other cancellations and delayed restarts on Friday, but none of the ships are based out of Port Canaveral.
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