Royal Caribbean cancels cruises through end of April

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Royal Caribbean is pushing back its plans to resume sailing.

The company posted a statement on its website and social media accounts Monday announcing the suspension of sailing through April 30. Royal Caribbean is offering refunds or credits for a future cruise to customers affected by this suspension.

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Important update on sailings through April 30, 2021. 🔗

Posted by Royal Caribbean International on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

This comes despite the CDC lifting its no sail order at the end of October. Even with the no sail order lifted, the CDC is requiring cruise lines to submit to COVID-19 testing requirements before resuming operations.

Carnival, Norwegian and Princess cruise lines have all made similar decisions to push back their return to sailing.

In Brevard County, News 6 partner Florida Today is reporting Port Canaveral ended the 2019-20 budget year with an $18 million loss.

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Florida Today reports the biggest factor in the loss was the suspension of sailings.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.