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SANTA CLARITA, CA — Typically the first among the major cruise lines to extend its temporary suspension of operations, Princess Cruises has once again moved the needle by cancelling all cruises sailing through March 31, 2021, and all cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of U.S. ports through November 1, 2021.
Princess confirmed that it will protect commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full, “in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line’s business and success.”
Princess made the new cancellations announcement today, saying it is extending its pause in global operations to allow time for the estimated preparation needed for completing required activities prior to sailing, in response to the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order.
Princess says it also taking into consideration the temporary seven-day cap on itineraries that call at a U.S. port.
The CDC announced on Oct. 30 that it was replacing the No Sail Order, in place since mid-March, with a Conditional Sailing Order.
Princess is also extending its pause in operations for cruises departing in and out of Japan through June 25, 2021, due to the uncertainty about when international travel restrictions might be lifted.
“We are focused on preparing our ships to meet the CDC health and safety requirements for our eventual return to service,” said Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises. “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.”
Passengers currently booked on these cancelled voyages have the option to receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare. No action is required by the guest or their travel advisor for the FCC. Passengers can also opt for a full refund for all monies paid on their booking. Requests must be received by Dec. 31, 2020 or they will be registered for the Future Cruise Credit option.
The latest information and instructions from Princess Cruises can be found here.