Princess and Holland America Cancel More 2021 Cruises

Two Carnival Corporation cruise lines have canceled more cruises, particularly many that were scheduled to depart from or end in Canada in 2021.

Holland America

Due to Canada’s ban on large cruise ships for the rest of the year, Holland America Line has canceled all voyages that were scheduled to depart from or end in a Canadian port in 2021.

At this time, Holland America’s Alaska cruises departing from mid-May and sailing roundtrip from Seattle are not being canceled. Discussions are happening with Canadian and U.S. government authorities to try and find a way to preserve these cruises.

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(Photo courtesy of Holland America Line)

Those who are booked on impacted Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys involving a Vancouver gateway cannot move their booking to a roundtrip Seattle cruise at this time, as those departures are not currently open for sale pending further announcements.

Cruises impacted by this further pause in operation are:

  • Cruises through September 2021 to Alaska from all departure ports aboard Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, and Zuiderdam. This also includes any Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled sailings.
  • Two Pacific Coastal sailings in early October aboard Koningsdam and Oosterdam
  • Three Canada/New England cruises aboard Zaandam departing in September 2021.

All 2022 Alaska and Canada/New England cruises are still scheduled to operate as normal. Canada’s Interim Order banning large cruise ships expires February 28, 2021.

Guests on Alaska and Canada/New England cruises that have been canceled and are paid in full will automatically be rebooked on an equivalent cruises or Land+Sea Journey in 2022 at the fare paid for 2021. No other action will be needed when accepting the rebooked itinerary.

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The McKinley Explorer Dome Train, part of many Land+Sea Journeys in Alaska (Photo courtesy of Holland America/Andy Newman)

Those who have not paid in full can also choose to be moved to the same cruise type or Land+Sea Journey in 2022 at the fare paid for 2021, but this process won’t be automatic. Those who don’t want to move to a 2022 cruise by March 31, 2021 will automatically default to receive a 110 percent Future Cruise Credit of any cash paid on the booking.

Travelers who prefer a full refund can fill out the Cancellation Preferences Form to indicate they want a refund no later than March 31, 2021.

Due to the fact that there are no equivalent Pacific Coastal cruises in 2022, those booked on these voyages will receive the option for a Future Cruise Credit or a full refund.

The Future Cruise Credit is valid for sailings departing through December 31, 2022.

Currently, all Holland America cruises are canceled through April 30, 2021.

READ MORE: Carnival Cancels Through May 31, Mardi Gras Inaugural Rescheduled

Princess Cruises

For the same reason as Holland America, Princess Cruises has canceled all Alaska seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruises that sail between Vancouver and Anchorage, Pacific Coastal sailings that start or end in Vancouver, and the Canadian Adventure cruise that was set to sail roundtrip from Southampton, UK.

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Denali Express Train with Sapphire Princess in Whittier, Alaska (Photo courtesy of Princess)

And just like Holland America, Princess has been in talks with United States and Canadian government officials to try and preserve a portion of the Alaska and Canada/New England 2021 cruise seasons.

In the meantime, Princess will be operating its Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge along with the McKinley Chalet Resort in Denali and Westmark Fairbanks Hotel this summer, and is currently working on vacation land package details that will be announced soon.

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Denali Square at the McKinley Chalet Resort

Booked guests on now-canceled voyages who have paid in full will be automatically rebooked to the same cruise or cruisetour in 2022. Travelers may instead choose to receive a 110 percent Future Cruise Credit or a full refund.

Those who have not paid in full will automatically receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit equivalent to 110 percent of the cruise fare paid. The full refund option is also available to those who have not yet paid in full by filling out this online form.

Requests must be received by March 31, 2021 or those who have not paid in full will automatically receive the Future Cruise Credit option.

Future Cruise Credits can be used on any cruises sailing by December 31, 2022.

Currently, all Princess sailings are canceled through March 31, 2021.

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