With ongoing restrictions, Carnival-owned Princess Cruises has decided to extend its pause on operations in Australia through the end of May 2021.
Princess Cruises Cancels More Sailings
Princess Cruises which is one of nine Carnival Corporation cruise brands has made the decision to extend its pause on operations through May 2021.
The decision has been made due to ongoing travel restrictions around the world and the uncertainty on when they might be lifted. In total there are 52 cruise options across four different vessels that are now cancelled.
Guests impacted by the further cancellations will receive a refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus an additional non-refundable bonus FCC equal to 25% of the cruise fare paid. To receive the above FCCs, no action is required by the guest or their travel advisor.
Alternatively, guests can forfeit the bonus FCC offer and request a refund for all money paid on their booking by using an online form. Guests have until November 30, 2020, to elect a refund, or they will automatically receive the default offer listed above.
The cruise line previously announced it was suspending operations in Australia and New Zealand towards the end of August. The extension impacted five cruise ships in the region including those sailing in New Zealand and it was to remain in place through December 12, 2020.
It also comes just days after the transfer of Golden Princess and Star Princess to P&O Australia was moved forward. Those vessels will now begin sailing for the Australian based cruise line that is also owned by Carnival Corp in the first half of 2021.
Until operations do resume, Princess Cruises will no doubt continue to work on new health measures to make sure guests and crew remain safe.