Princess Cruises is canceling all voyages through June 30 this year, a decision that overwrites its earlier move to pause sailings for two months between March 12 and May 10, 2020.
The latest decision was made in continued response to the impact of the Covid-19 global outbreak and the recent order from the United States Centers for Disease Control.
Along with the continued hibernation, Princess Cruises will cancel all Princess Alaska Gulf cruise and cruisetours. The five wilderness lodges, trains and buses operated by Princess in Alaska will not open this summer. However, round-trip sailings from Seattle to Alaska on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess will continue.
Princess Cruises will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for canceled cruises that were paid in full, in recognition of the critical role travel advisors play in the cruise line’s business and success.
For affected guests, Princess Cruises is offering two cancellation options.
Those paid in full will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100 per cent of the cruise fare paid and, as an added incentive, an additional 25 per cent FCC.
Guests can also choose to get a full refund for monies they have paid for affected sailings.
“This global outbreak continues to challenge our world in unimaginable ways. We recognise how disappointing this is to our long-term business partners and thousands of employees, many of whom have been with us in Alaska for decades,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
“We hope everyone impacted by these cancellations – especially our guests, travel advisor partners, teammates, and the communities we visit – understand our decision to do our part to protect the safety, health and well-being of our guests and team. We look forward to the brighter days and smooth seas ahead for all of us.”