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Disney's four-ship fleet will stop sailing through the end of March. Pictured here: Disney Fantasy

Disney, Windstar, AmaWaterways, Avalon, Celestyal pause operations

At least five more cruise operators late Thursday joined the growing ranks of those temporarily suspending operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are Disney Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Celestyal Cruises.

Disney

The Walt Disney Co. is taking the dramatic step of temporarily shuttering its theme parks worldwide, and Disney Cruise Line's four-ship fleet will suspend new departures starting Saturday through the end of March.

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises, too, will suspend sailing embarking from Saturday through April. The line intends to resume operations May 1.

Travelers on canceled cruises can choose a future cruise credit valued at 125% of all monies paid to Windstar or a refund equal to the amount paid on the Windstar booking. They will have 24 months to book and embark on any available cruise using the credit. Travel advisor commissions are protected.

AmaWaterways

The start of AmaWaterways' European river cruise season was postponed until April 26 and Mekong River cruises are being suspended starting March 23.

Travelers on a canceled sailing have the option of receiving a future cruise credit equal to 115% of the value of all services purchased through AmaWaterways or a full refund. The credit is applicable on all Europe or Mekong River sailings before Dec. 31, 2022.

Additionally, the company will protect the commissions of travel advisors whose clients opt for the credit and will pay an additional 10% on the value of the future booking. AmaWaterways also will pay commission on any fare difference.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways and other brands in the Globus family are suspending travel across all destinations through April 30.

Avalon introduced a new 'Peace of Mind Plan' for travelers whose trips are impacted. This allows them to move travel dates without incurring cancellation fees, land or airline penalties. It also gives a bonus credit of $200 per person for a new reservation, redeemable for any future 2020, 2021 or 2022 vacation.

Travelers who cancel will get a refund but must advise the company by March 31.

Celestyal Cruises

Starting Saturday, Celestyal Cruises is halting operations until May 1. The line plans to recommence then with its three-night 'Iconic Aegean' itinerary on Celestyal Olympia, followed May 2 by the seven-night 'Eclectic Aegean' route on Celestyal Crystal.

Celestyal is offering a future cruise credit valued at 120% of the original booking value or a full refund. Travelers will have until the end of December 2021 to use their credit. Anyone who has not done so by then will automatically receive a refund equal to the original amount paid to Celestyal.

The line said it would automatically issue the credits to travelers who don't cancel so there is no need to call to request that option.

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