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Princess Cruises Cancels Select Cruises Through End Of 2020 Summer Season

The continued restrictions on international travel have seen Princess Cruises make the "the extremely difficult decision" to extend its pause of global ship operations.

The continued restrictions on international travel have seen Princess Cruises make the “the extremely difficult decision” to extend its pause of global ship operations.

This means select cruises will now be put on hold through until the end of the 2020 summer season, including the following cruises and associated cruise tours:

  • 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
  • Northern Summer Caribbean cruises and all Canada & New England cruises on Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess
  • Northern 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
  • Northern autumn cruises sailing to Hawaii and French Polynesia on Pacific Princess through November
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“As the world is still preparing to resume travel, it is with much disappointment that we announce an extension of our pause of global ship operations and the cancellation of cruise holidays for our loyal guests,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises said.

“Among other disruptions, airlines have limited their flight availability and many popular cruise ports are closed. It saddens us to think about the impact on the livelihood of our teammates, business partners and the communities we visit.”

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises

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 says they 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. According to agent sources, it’s estimated refunds are taking up to 12 weeks to be processed.

Princess says requests must be received by June 15, 2020, or they will receive the refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) option.

The cruise line says they 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.