If you were hoping for a late autumn cruise with Princess Cruises, it’s not going to happen. Princess announced more cruise cancellations for voyages scheduled to depart through December 15, 2020.
New Princess Cruise Cancellations affect departures from U.S.
With hopes now dashed for a late summer or early fall return to cruising, Princess Cruises sent out a notice of global cancellations. All departures from North America are canceled. Also on the cancellation list are departures from Asia and Japan.
“We share in our guests’ disappointment in cancelling these cruises,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We look forward to the days when we can return to travel and the happiness it brings to all who cruise.”
Five cruise ships based in Australia have a shorter pause in operations. The Australian-based cruise ships include Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess. These five ships are sidelined until the end of October 2020.
Remaining Princess cruise cancellations from North America and Asia/Pacific
There won’t be any Caribbean cruises until at least not until the second half of December. This also includes all sailings in Asia, plus California Coastal, Hawai’i, Mexico, Panama Canal and South America. They are all canceled through December 15, 2020.
What to do if your cruise was canceled
If you were booked on any of the canceled cruises and paid in full, the cruise line states they will automatically issue a refundable Future Cruise Credit for 100% of what you’ve paid. They will also throw in a non-refundable bonus credit for 25% of your cruise fare.
If you haven’t yet paid in full, Princess has a way to entice you not to ask for a refund. It’s their “Double the Deposit” program. This campaign will issue a refundable Future Cruise Credit for the amount on deposit plus a matching FCC for any cruise departing through May 1, 2022.
Do nothing and the Future Cruise Credits will automatically be applied to your Princess Cruises account.
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For those who simply want a refund, there’s an online form at Princess.com to complete. You must submit the form by August 31, 2020 or you’ll get the Future Cruise Credit and bonus instead.
Remember, every cruise line still has to submit their COVID-19 health and safety plans to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to get approval to sail, once the CDC’s No Sail Order is removed.