Following the UK Government announcement on the roadmap to ease lockdown and international travel restrictions, Princess Cruises is extending the pause of its ex-UK program 2021 (roundtrips from Southampton) through September 25. The cancellations affected 3 liners - Island Princess, Regal Princess, and Sky Princess.
For UK passengers, Princess Cruises plans to launch a series of short cruises departing late summer on two ships (Sky and Regal) from Southampton England. The new voyages go on sale later this month.
The company's President Jan Swartz said:
“We share in our guests’ disappointment over these cancelled voyages, and we appreciate the continued understanding and cooperation from our loyal guests and travel advisors.
"As we prepare our ships for a return to service, we remain in close contact with the UK Government to monitor the latest travel guidance for international guests.”
For passengers booked on a cancelled cruise, Princess will offer to move travellers to the equivalent voyage in 2022. The rebooking process will feature the added benefit of protecting the passengers’ 2021 fare on their 2022 cruise. Alternatively, customers can choose an FCC-future cruise credit equivalent to 100% of the fare paid along with an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 10% of the fare paid (minimum US$25 ) or a full refund to the original form of payment.
For passengers booked on a cancelled cruise where there is no matched sailing available in 2022, passengers will automatically 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 10% of the fare paid (minimum US$25). Alternatively, customers can request a full refund to the original form of payment.
Requests have to be received through an online form by April 15, 2021, or passengers will automatically receive the FCC option.
FCCs can be used on any sailings booked by and cruising by December 31, 2022.