Holland America and Princess Cruises cancel all 2020 itineraries in Europe, Alaska and Canada

   May 7, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

On May 6, two of the Carnival Corporation-owned companies - Princess Cruises and HAL-Holland America Line - canceled all of their scheduled Summer itineraries and some of the Fall voyages. Both companies canceled all their remaining cruises in Europe, Alaska and Canada-New England for the rest of 2020.

Princess additionally canceled all USA to Caribbean departures through November 4. HAL canceled a 79-day world cruise (Grand Africa Voyage) scheduled to depart from Boston MA on October 3 and end in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) on December 4.

A third Carnival Corporation brand company - Seabourn, also canceled departures for the rest of the summer 2020. Its 5-ship fleet paused operations until October-November 2020 (depending on vessel).

HAL, Princess and Seabourn announced a worldwide suspension of passenger shipping services in mid-March due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Until now, these companies had only canceled voyages through late June.

Princess now plans to resume service in August with one of its 18 ships, Majestic Princess. The liner will offer a couple of short sailings to Japan from Taiwan aimed at the local market prior to repositioning to Australia.

9 more Princess ships are expected to resume operations in September, mostly in Australia and New Zealand as well as on the West Coast USA.

At HAL and Princess, passengers on affected sailings who have paid in full will have the choice of a full refund or a credit in the amount of 125% of the amount paid. Customers who haven’t paid in full have the choice of a full refund or a credit worth double the amount they had paid as a deposit.