Out of the two,700 rooms bought, Mr. Campbell mentioned solely 35 have been canceled since Jan. 1.
For visitors who can not journey due to authorities restrictions or lockdowns, Atlantis is exhibiting extra flexibility and issuing credit for future cruises, Mr. Campbell mentioned. Due to the fast-changing circumstances of the pandemic, he mentioned, the corporate is approaching cancellation requests on a case-by-case foundation and making an attempt to accommodate as many individuals as potential.
“We’re right here to maintain individuals and we’re doing our greatest,” he mentioned. “But when somebody involves us and simply says they need their a refund, as a result of they don’t really feel snug occurring the cruise, then we suggest that they take out ‘cancel for any motive’ journey insurance coverage.”
Since restarting operations in the US in June, many cruise strains and tour operators have adopted versatile cancellation insurance policies, providing credit score or refunds to prospects who wish to make itinerary modifications due to the coronavirus.
Earlier than the pandemic, Atlantic Occasions hosted greater than 25,000 visitors every year, organizing specialty homosexual and lesbian occasions on cruise ships and resorts all over the world. Final 12 months it was pressured to cancel or postpone a number of occasions, together with its 30th anniversary cruise.
“We had nearly two years with no earnings, and we’re a tiny self-financed firm. It was an enormous problem to outlive,” Mr. Campbell mentioned.
Whereas the corporate doesn’t supply refunds, it says that the well being and security of its visitors is a prime precedence and it will likely be imposing Royal Caribbean’s well being and security protocols, which features a masks mandate indoors besides whereas consuming and consuming and in crowded areas open air. Royal Caribbean officers say that whereas the Omicron variant has pushed up circumstances on board its ships in latest weeks, most infections have been gentle and haven’t resulted in extreme sickness. Nonetheless, with a rising variety of crew members and passengers contracting the virus, the cruise line, like different cruise firms, has canceled a number of voyages this month in what it mentioned was “an abundance of warning” because of “ongoing Covid-related circumstances.”
Passengers booked on the Atlantis cruise are intently watching the Superstar Millennium cruise ship, which was chartered by one other L.G.B.T journey firm this week for a seven-night Caribbean cruise. The capability for that ship is far smaller, at 2,218 passengers, however coronavirus circumstances have been reported to the C.D.C. and reached their threshold for an investigation.