Princess Cruises has canceled trips around the world until December 15, with one exception.
Princess Cruises, which experienced major coronavirus outbreaks on two of its ships, the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess, called for it due to the advances of COVID-19 and decisions by government agencies, health authorities and airlines regarding travel restrictions around the USA canceled more trips world, the company said in a press release.
“All cruises in and out of Australia will be paused until Oct. 31 and then all other sailings across all other countries are paused through Dec. 15,” Negin Kamali, spokesperson for Princess Cruises, told USA TODAY.
The Princess Cruises extension means that none of its ships will sail in the United States until at least December 16, causing the line’s suspension to go well beyond the CDC’s no-sail order, which expires on September 30.
“We share in our guests’ disappointment in cancelling these cruises,” Jan Swartz, president of the cruise line, said in a release. “We look forward to the days when we can return to travel and the happiness it brings to all who cruise.”
Overall, Kamali said that more than 100 additional cruises were canceled due to the line’s extended stoppage in addition to the cruises that had already been canceled until mid-September with the suspension announced in June.
Sailings canceled by the new extension include:
- All sailings to and from Australia on Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess through Oct. 31.
- All sailings in the Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Mexico, Asia, South America, Antarctica, Japan and Tahiti and the South Pacific through Dec. 15.
All travelers who have paid in full can receive a refundable credit for future cruises equal to the fare paid and a non-refundable credit for future cruises equal to 25% of the original fare.
For passengers who have not paid in full, Princess Cruises will provide a refundable credit for future cruises for deposited money and a non-refundable credit for future cruises that can be used for all sailing trips until May 1, 2022.
P&O Cruises, another subsidiary of Carnival Corp. Like Princess Cruises, according to company spokesman Roger Frizzell, has extended her own sailing suspension in Australia and New Zealand until October 29.
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