The news impacted a total of 11 voyages on Sapphire Princess, which was redeployed from Asia to commence the LA program on June 25. The ship had not been scheduled to restart in Asia until August 28.
Affected by the cancellation are 7- to 16-day sailings embarking from June 25 through to September 17. These ranged from Mexican Riviera itineraries to a couple of 16-day Hawaiian Islands cruises and a number of California coast options.
Sapphire Princess has not returned to service since the COVID crisis shut down cruising in March 2020. The 2,670-guest liner is now due to return to service on a 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruise, embarking in LA on September 24.
Princess Cruises said in a statement:
"While we continue to work diligently in preparing Sapphire Princess to set sail, there have been some delays that are affecting her timeframe for resuming guest operations."