Princess Cruises cancels summer cruises in 2020 due to continued disruption to the cruise industry. The cruise line originally suspended cruises on 12th March 2020 but continued disruption to air flight availability and the closure of cruise ports in regions around the world has meant that Princess Cruises is extending its pause of global ship operations.
Like so many aspects of our lives, travel has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it’s an extremely difficult decision to make, I personally believe it’s the right thing to do at this time.
Cancelled Cruises List
Princess Cruises has confirmed the following cruises have been cancelled:
- All remaining Alaska cruises on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess
- All remaining Europe and Transatlantic cruises on Enchanted Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess, Crown Princess and Island Princess
- Summer Caribbean cruises and all Canada & New England cruises on Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess
- Summer to autumn cruises departing from Japan on Diamond Princess
- Australia-based cruises on Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess through August
- July cruises sailing from Taiwan on Majestic Princess
- Autumn cruises sailing to Hawaii and French Polynesia on Pacific Princess through November
Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages, who have paid Princess in full, will have the option to receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare.
For guests who have not paid in full, Princess will double the deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through May 1, 2022. The matching bonus FCC will not exceed the base cruise fare amount of the currently booked cruise and will have a minimum value of £100 per person.
In order to receive the above FCC no action is required.
Alternatively, guests can request a full refund for all monies paid on their booking through this online form. Requests must be received by June 15, 2020, or they will receive the refundable Future Cruise Credit option.
Princess Cruises will protect travel agent 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.
The most current information and instructions for booked guests affected by these cancellations, and more information on FCCs and refunds, can be found online at Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises.
Enchanted Princess Delayed
Princess Cruises cancels summer cruises including Enchanted Princess. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the completion of the newest ship in the fleet, Enchanted Princess. This royal-class ship was due to be christened in Southampton in June. This event has been postponed as the Fincantieri Shipyard closed when Italy went into lockdown.
A spokesperson from Princess Cruises confirmed:
“The delivery delay is due to the country-wide lockdown imposed by the Italian government and public health officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The naming ceremony scheduled to take place in Southampton on June 30 has been cancelled. Inaugural activities are under review in conjunction with changes to the ship deployment.”
Many countries have closed air travel due to the pandemic, which has led to hundreds of crew members being forced to remain on cruise ships. The repatriation of crew members from around the world is now underway with ships such as Regal Princess making special journeys to get their crew home. The ship called at Southampton on 5th May before heading to Rotterdam.
The captain of Sea Princess, Tony Ruggero, chose to show his support to the those still at sea with a special navigational course.
When will Princess Cruises resume cruises?
Throughout this time, many have speculated about when they think cruises will start again but in reality no one is quite sure. Sensational ‘clickbait’ headlines are common place nowadays with when and how cruises will get back to normal. I don’t know when cruising will be back but one thing I do know is that I will sailing with Princess in the future. When it’s safe to travel and borders re-open, the cruise industry will find ways to welcome passengers back.
Interestingly, despite the negative press that the cruise industry has endured over the past few months, people’s desire to cruise has not dramatically changed.
Research by CLIA shows that the overall interest in cruising is still robust. Recent survey results indicate that 75% of respondents who have cruised before said they are ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to cruise again in the next few years. This figure was at 79% in Autumn 2019.
For those in the UK who have not yet gone on a cruise, 66% said they were ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’. In Autumn 2019, this figure was 71%.
These findings show a very modest shift in sentiment, which could largely be due to cruise guests understanding the industry’s commitment to their health and safety.