Princess Cruise Cancellations Extend Until Mid-December

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.

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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 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. 

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  1. Hi Don,
    I just checked with Carnival and so far, as of this moment, your New Orleans departure on Carnival Glory or Carnival Valor is still set to go. That doesn’t mean it won’t be canceled as the date gets closer. The cruise lines will need to submit their health and safety plans to the CDC to get approval to sail.

    If and when there’s another round of cancellations, I’ll post the update. You or your travel agent would (or should) also receive an email notification from Carnival if your cruise is canceled.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my article and send in your question.

  2. Just checking on Carvinal Cruise leaving New Orleans… We have booked for OCT… has this been canceled or will this be canceled… we are making plans to change. if so

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