Hawaii Volcano Cancels Cruise Call, Prompts Flight Waivers

Hawaii Volcano
Lava from Fissure 7 slowly advances to the northeast on Hookapu Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Pahoa, Hawaii. // Photo by U.S. Geological Survey via AP, Newscred

The volcanic eruption in Hawaii has prompted Royal Caribbean to cancel a call by Radiance of the Seas and several airlines to issue flight waivers.

Radiance of the Seas canceled its call at Hilo on May 7, instead spending the day at sea, a Royal Caribbean representative tells Travel Agent.

Several airlines have also issued flight waivers due to the eruption for guests scheduled to fly to, from or through Hilo or Kona.

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Hawaiian Airlines reports it is allowing guests scheduled to fly through May 13 to rebook through May 20. In addition, for changes made to new flights on or before May 20, any fare differences will be waived provided the change is made in the same class of service and there is no change in origin or destination city. For new flights after May 20, the airline will waive the change fee but not the difference in fare.

American Airlines is also waiving the change fee for customers scheduled to fly through May 13, with rebooked travel to take place through May 16 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

Finally, United Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through May 13 to rebook through May 16 between the same city pair in the originally ticketed cabin.

In its latest update the Hawaii Tourism Authority reports that the impact of the eruption is limited to remote areas away from major tourist resorts. The closest resort areas in Kona and the Kohala Coast are more than 100 miles away from where the lava flow is occurring and shielded by the mountains of Maunakea and Maunaloa, the HTA said.

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