Uncertain times cause change of course

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel diva

Enchanted Princess debut delayed

Photo by Richard Pietschmann

If you are booked on a Princess cruise to the Caribbean, California coast, Mexico or Med, we’re sorry to report that the company is pausing these voyages through June 30, 2021.

Although cruise lines are working around the clock to reboot operations, they are dealing with muc uncertainty due the coronavirus and CDC port closure mandates. Thus, many must change course.

And, Princess is doing just that with by pausing the following voyages:

  • Caribbean Princess: seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises.
  • Enchanted Princess: seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic, seven-day Western Mediterranean, and 14-day Western Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley.
  • Ruby Princess: seven-day Classic California Coast, seven-day Mexican Riviera, and five-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway sailings.

Cruise pause compensation

If this affect your voyage  Princess will substitute an equivalent cruise in 2022.  The rebooking process will protect any guests’ 2021 fare on their 2022 voyage. Alternatively, you can opt for  future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid. This also comes with an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 10% of the cruise fare paid (minimum $25 USD) or a full refund to the original form of payment.

If Princess is unable to match your cruise in 2022, you  automatically receive a refundable future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare. This also includes an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 10% of the cruise fare (minimum $25).

Full refunds are also being offered on requests that must be done on this online form by April 15, 2021.  For all details on refunds go to Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises. You can also call a Pavlus agent at 800-528-9300.

Not all bad news there’s still hope for Alaska

Hubbard GlacierWhen Canada closed its borders to cruise ships, things were looking dim for an Alaska cruise season.  Due to an ancient law cruise ships can’t sail from US port to US port without stopping at a foreign port.

Alaska is working hard to obtain a temporary waiver for this law. The state is losing big revenue and suffering from unemployment due to the interruption in the lucrative cruise season.

Efforts are currently underway to allow ships to sail to the Last in the US House of Representatives. It is hoping to find a compromise to permit this summer season to proceed.

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