Carnival Corporation’s (CCL) Princess Cruises has canceled all sailings through March 31, 2021, saying it will spend the time from now to then preparing to meet rigorous new CDC health and safety requirements.
The line has also canceled all cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of United States ports through November 1, 2021.
Guests booked on canceled voyages can receive a full refund for monies paid on their booking. Or they can choose a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100 percent of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare.
To accept the offer of a Future Cruise Credit as well as a 25 percent FCC bonus, no action is required by travelers or their travel advisors. Those who choose the refund option can apply through this online form.
The deadline for refund applications is December 31, 2020. If a request is not received by that date, guests will be automatically registered for the Future Cruise Credit option.
Up-to-date information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations can be found online at Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises.
In a press statement, Princess said, “In response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” pertaining to resumption of U.S. cruise operations, Princess Cruises is extending its pause in global operations to allow time for the estimated preparation needed for completing required activities prior to sailing and taking into consideration the temporary seven-day cap on itineraries that call at a U.S. port.”
Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz says the company is grateful for the support of loyal guests and travel partners. “We are focused on preparing our ships to meet the CDC health and safety requirements for our eventual return to service. We also appreciate the continued support we have received from our guests, partners and travel advisors, reinforcing for all of us why we do what we do.”
In addition to these announcements, Princess notes that due to uncertainty about when international travel restrictions might be lifted, it will extend its halt in operations for cruises departing from Japan through June 25, 2021.
In late October, Cruise Radio reported that Princess would delay the restart of cruises in Australia and New Zealand through May 31, 2021, citing the same uncertainty about travel restrictions.
In September, Princess announced the sale of two ships that had served the Down Under market, the older Sun-class Sea Princess and Sun Princess.
When Princess does return to service, cruisers can look forward to experiencing the line’s newest ship, the Royal Class Enchanted Princess, which was welcomed into the fleet in September. Here is a fascinating timelapse video of the building of that ship.
Enchanted Princess is sister to other Royal-class ships Royal, Regal, Majestic, and Sky Princess. It features Sky Suites with the largest balconies at sea, an escape room, Discovery at SEA programming for all ages, an aft pool, and Bistro Sur La Mer — a French specialty restaurant created with Chef Emmanuel Renaut.