Airline uncertainty, coronavirus-caused port restrictions blamed
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Updated August 25, 2020–Princess is now cancelling its Island Princess 2021 World Cruise and any segments and remaining voyages sailing right after. It is also canceling the Pacific Princess Circle South America sailing out of Australia and any of its positioning cruises.
Princess’s decision is due to restrictions and limitations with border and port access by government and health authorities as well as the uncertainty of airline travel.
Statement by president
“We share in the disappointment of this cancellation for guests of our world cruises. “It is a pinnacle cruise vacation experience for some of our most loyal guests,” explains Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.
The surging coronavirus is responsible for Princess Cruises’s extension of its pause in operations last month. This is definitely not what people looking forward to their upcoming voyages with the line want to hear. And we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Other ships affected include Majestic, Regal, Sapphire, Sea and Sun Princess. There will be no voyages on those ships through the end of October.
Specific voyages include:
- All cruises sailing in and out of Australia on Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun Princess through October 31, 2020
- All sailings in Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America & Antarctica, Japan, and Tahiti/South Pacific through December 15, 2020
Refunds and credits
Princess is offering a variety of refundable future cruise credits which can be found here Information on Impacted & Cancelled Cruises.
To request a full refund for all monies paid on use this online form. Deadline for requests is August 31, 2020 or guests will be registered for the Future Cruise Credit option.
Additional information for Pavlus Travel clients is available at pavlus.com or 800-528-9300. These are trying times for the cruise and travel industries. Just stay safe and be well. We will cruise again.