Princess Cruises cancels cruises through Dec. 15, months beyond CDC's 'no-sail order'

Morgan Hines
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Princess Cruises has canceled sailings across the globe through Dec. 15 – with one exception.

"All cruises in and out of Australia will be paused until Oct. 31 and then all other sailings across all other countries are paused through Dec. 15,” Negin Kamali, spokesperson for Princess Cruises, told USA TODAY.

Princess Cruises, which had major coronavirus outbreaks on two of its ships, the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess, made the call to cancel more sailings due to COVID-19's progression and decisions of government authorities, health authorities and airlines regarding travel restrictions around the world, the company said in a release. 

Princess Cruises' extension means none of its ships will sail in the U.S. until at least Dec. 16, taking the line'ssuspension far beyond the CDC's "no-sail order" now set to expire on Sept. 30. 

“We share in our guests’ disappointment in cancelling these cruises,” Jan Swartz, president of the cruise line, said in a release. “We look forward to the days when we can return to travel and the happiness it brings to all who cruise.” 

In total, Kamali said that more than 100 additional cruises have been canceled as a result of the line's extended pause in operations on top of the cruises already canceled with the suspension through mid-September, which was announced in June.

Sailings canceled by the new extension include:

  • All sailings to and from Australia on Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess through Oct. 31.
  • All sailings in the Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Mexico, Asia, South America, Antarctica, Japan and Tahiti and the South Pacific through Dec. 15.

Any travelers who have paid in full can receive a refundable future cruise credit equal to the fare paid and a non-refundable bonus future cruise credit equal to 25% of the original fare.

For passengers who haven't paid in full, Princess Cruises will give them a refundable future cruise credit for money deposited and a non-refundable matching future cruise credit to be used on any sailing through May 1, 2022. 

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P&O Cruises, another Carnival Corp. subsidiary like Princess Cruises, has extended their own sailing suspension in Australia and New Zealand until Oct. 29, according to a release provided by company spokesperson Roger Frizzell. 

Aligned with P&O's extension, Carnival Cruise Line notified its Australian guests that it has extended its pause in operations in Australia, cancelling six cruises between Sept. 25 and Oct. 29.