Princess Cruises cancels all sailings through March 31

   November 21, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

In response to the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” pertaining to the resumption of U.S. cruise ship operations, Princess Cruises announced it is extending its pause in global operations in order "to allow time for the estimated preparation needed for completing required activities prior to sailing and taking into consideration the temporary seven-day cap on itineraries that call at a U.S. port."

Impacted cruise operations include the following:

  • all cruises through March 31, 2021
  • all cruises longer than 7 days sailing in/out of U.S. ports through November 1, 2021

Due to the uncertainty about when international travel restrictions might be lifted, the cruise line is extending its pause in operations for sailings departing in/out of Japan through June 25, 2021.

Majestic Princess cruise ship

Passengers currently booked on the cancelled cruises will have the option to receive a refundable FCC (Future Cruise Credit) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid along with an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the fare. To receive the FCCs, no action is required by the passenger or their travel advisor.

Alternatively, passengers can request a full refund for all the money paid on the booking through the online form. Requests have to be received by December 31, 2020, or passengers will be registered for the FCC option.

Princess Cruises will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled sailings that were paid in full in recognition of the critical role they play in the line’s business and success.

You can see the company's first departure dates by ship (homeport-destination) at its CruiseMapper page.