Seabourn tells Travel Agent is has cancelled the Seabourn Ovation cruise departing on Saturday, February 15.
“The decision comes out of an abundance of caution considering the highly dynamic and unpredictable changes we have seen the past couple of weeks in travel restrictions and port operations that could affect the cruise,” a spokesperson for Seabourn tells us. “While we expect things will stabilize, we never want to put our guests in the position of a having an experience that doesn’t live up to their expectations.”
Seabourn Ovation was due to depart Singapore on February 15, 2020 for a 14-day round trip cruise. Seabourn says it had no known or suspected cases of coronavirus on board.
Affected guests will receive a refund of the fare paid for the 14-day voyage. Because the cruises were cancelled close to the departure dates, guests will also receive a future cruise credit. Guests and travel advisors are being notified and those guests in Singapore will be hosted in local hotels while they rebook their onward travel.
“While this decision will be disappointing for our guests, we feel they will understand the commitment to continue to work closely with the health authorities because we share a common goal of looking after the safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the places we visit,” the spokesperson says.
Seabourn will continue to assess the situation and will provide a further update on future voyages in Asia once it has more information.