Marella Cruises to start sailing again in July
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Marella Cruises to start sailing again in July

UK's third biggest line moves itineraries but pushes ahead

Marella Cruises has announced that it intends to start sailing again in July with three of its five ships.

Marella Explorer will sail from Corfu, Marella Explorer 2 from the UK and Marella Discovery from Palma all as planned.

In the winter, Marella Discovery 2 will homeport in Cyprus, replacing itineraries that Marella Celebration – which will be retired early – was due to sail. The company will not be sailing its season in southeast Asia or the Middle East.

Any customers that were due to sail from Cyprus on Celebration will instead sail on Discovery 2.

Marella Discovery will not sail in Jamaica until February 16, meaning that its December and January Jamaica cruises have been cancelled.

Marella Explorer 2 will move its planned Naples cruises to Dubrovnik.

“I hope that everyone is keeping well during these truly unprecedented times and I’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding while we’ve been working behind the scenes to adjust our itineraries, managing director of cruise,” Chris Hackney said.

“We’re looking forward to when we can set sail again but only when the time is right. As always, the safety of our customers and crew remains our priority.”

In a statement, the company said: “Marella Cruises fully appreciates the impact this unprecedented situation and the subsequent itinerary adjustments will have on its customers.  It would like to reassure them that they will all be proactively contacted and offered flexible options, including a refund credit and up to 20 per cent booking incentive or a full refund.”

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