This past week, Yes announced it was cancelling its appearance on its 2020 Cruise to the Edge due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and now the cruise itself has officially been postponed, as has the Justin Hayward-headlined On the Blue Cruise.
Nearly identical statements issued by both cruise teams note, “[We have] been working diligently in handling this situation and we are pleased to announce that we have come to an unprecedented agreement with NCL [Norwegian Cruise Line] to postpone [the cruise] and move to another date, which will be determined in the weeks to come.”
The messages continues, “[T]he health and well being of our Guests, Artists and Crew are paramount, and with events on the ground changing by the hour around the world, we were left with no choice but to postpone.”
The cruise organizers maintain that as the world works toward controlling the escalation of the virus, they hope to reschedule the events for this fall or the spring of 2021, while conceding that “nothing is etched in stone until we get a better read on the government’s efforts to control the virus.”
The statements also explain that once the new dates for the cruises are set, reservations and funds paid will be transferred to the rescheduled events and people will be booked into “the same or comparable cabin number and/or type.”
The 2020 Cruise to the Edge had been scheduled to run from March 27 through April 1, with a lineup that included ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Marillion, Saga and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather‘s side project Nerve Bundle.
This year’s On the Blue Cruise was to have taken place April 1-8, and featured a star-packed bill that included Hayward, The Zombies, Art Garfunkel, Dave Mason and many more.
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